Abstract: Drug courts provide an array of substance use treatments and community-based services for probationers struggling with substance use disorders.
Research and Publications by Faculty and affiliates of the Center of Excellence relevant to Specialty Courts.
Article Spotlight from the APA: Incarceration is sometimes necessary to protect the safety of the public. But how can we ensure that these decisions are fair? How can we tell if someone truly poses a danger to others?
Key Findings: In addition to significant substance use problems, Massachusetts Drug Court participants possess many other changeable risk factors for recidivism, which are associated with continued offending behavior and can mitigate risk, if addressed with programming.
An overview of our professional literature updates.
Topics covered include:
- Mental Health Court updates
- Drug Court updates
- Issues related to race & ethnicity
- Other Specialty Court updates
This bulletin describes Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-supported research findings on factors that promote effective implementation of risk and needs assessment instruments in the juvenile justice system.
Juvenile probation offices that implemented risk-needs assessment instruments and the risk-needresponsivity approach reduced formal supervision and recidivism; however, mental health services were used more often than risk-reduction services and had little influence on recidivism.
Handout covers examples of appropriate services/programs