Drug Courts as a Mechanism of Reintegrative Shaming: A Case Study in the Midwest

Erika Davis Frenzel, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Lori Guevara, University of Texas at Arlington
Amanda Mathias, University of Nebraska at Omaha
William Wakefield, University of Nebraska at Omaha

ABSTRACT
Braithwaite's (1989) theory of reintegrative shaming attempts to explain how social control can result n conformity or deviance. Using reintegrative shaming theory as a framework, this study proposes to examine the effectiveness of a drug court in reducing recidivism. It also attempts to determine if the drug court is providing the tools and mechanisms that are necessary for offenders to reintegrate and reconnect into the community and sustain a drug-free and law-abiding lifestyle. Previous research applying reintegrative shaming to drug courts has been limited.

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