Drug Court Through the Eyes of Participants

Susan H. Witkin, Scott P. Hays

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Operating with community support and through partnerships among treatment providers and the criminal justice system, drug courts address substance abuse as a root cause of criminal behaviors. Drug court success depends heavily on implementing the drug court model with fidelity and adhering to widely recognized best practices, in particular, following the “Ten Key Components” of drug court success. This study assesses drug court procedures and practices through the eyes of those who were actively participating in it. Focusing on five rural counties that had recently established drug courts, the study summarizes the results of interviews with 15 drug court participants. Importantly, this study is an evaluation of the operation of the drug courts themselves from the perspective of the participants of these drug courts rather than an evaluation of drug court participant impacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-989
Number of pages19
JournalCriminal Justice Policy Review
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • courts
  • drug courts
  • drug offenders
  • interviews
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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