One-Year Outcomes for Delaware Drug Court Clients

Christine A. Saum, University of Delaware
Frank Scarpitti, University of Delaware
Clifford A. Butzin, University of Delaware

ABSTRACT
Our study examines the influence of drug court on treatment retention and post-treatment success for substance-involved offenders. Here we present preliminary follow-up results for respondents 12 months after being discharged from their drug court treatment programs. Criminal activity, substance use, medical/psychiatric status and family/social relationships are examined using a modified ASI. We also re-examine clients' satisfaction with their treatment and drug court experience. Respondents include those who have participated in either a drug court diversion program for first-time offenders or a post-adjudicatory drug court program for sentenced offenders. Interviews were voluntary and were administered to clients who completed drug court as well as those who failed the program. Results are compared with a control group of clients who attended the same treatment programs, but were not under the supervision of the drug court.

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