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Measures of success : capturing the impact of drug courts

Moore, E 2012 , 'Measures of success : capturing the impact of drug courts', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This research examines the development of therapeutic jurisprudence (T J)
internationally and focuses on the outcomes of evaluations of various drug court
programs. The field of T J generally and issues in the practice of evaluation are
considered critically. The scope of success is examined with respect to recidivism,
cost-effectiveness and other measures.
Experiences from my visits to nine international drug courts and numerous
associated agencies between February and May 2012 are distilled into a discussion
of the 10 Key Components of drug courts at work.
Extracts from interviews with 16 participants of the Court Mandated (drug) Diversion
program (CMD) in Tasmania provide insight into outcomes self-attributed to
participation in the program. This suggests the benefit of extending the parameters
of how success is defined by the program, and could be useful in demonstrating not
only the range of achievements of the program but also the value for money it
therefore represents within the criminal justice system. A form designed to collect
data of this nature is included.
The prison costs saved (avoided) by 14 of the above offenders participating in the
CMD program as an alternative to custody total $1.23 million. It is hoped that the
provision of objective evidence of this nature can inform government policy and
funding decisions in this area.
In addition, a series of 'observations that work' and 'promising practices' is
examined, and suggestions are made for the consideration of the local CMD

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Moore, E
Keywords: Court Mandated Drug Diversion Program (Tas.), Therapeutic jurisprudence, Drug abuse, Drug courts
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Copyright 2012 the author

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Thesis (MCrimCorr)--University of Tasmania, 2012. Includes bibliographical references

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