A multisite description of juvenile drug courts program models and during-program outcomes

Matthew L. Hiller, Daniel Malluche, Valerie Bryan, M. Louise DuPont, Barbara Martin, Rebecca Abensur, Carl Leukefeld, Connie Payne

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Like adult drug courts, juvenile drug courts have proliferated at a rapid rate during the past 15 years, but comparatively little research has been conducted on them. Although a few studies indicate that these programs appear to show promise as an intervention, almost nothing has been published using systematic and empirical methods to provide a description and specific examples of how these programs are structured and implemented. The purpose of the current study, therefore, is to summarize and integrate findings from systematic process evaluations of three juvenile drug courts. Similarities and differences in the structure and design of the programs are noted and findings regarding the program model for each juvenile drug court, including target population, therapeutic activities, and initial and long-term goals are presented. During-program outcome data also are presented, and findings are reported as a "snapshot" of what happened during one calendar year in the operation of each program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-235
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Drug court
  • Juveniles
  • Organization
  • Substance abuse
  • Urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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