Strategies for Intervening With Drug Involved Offenders: Evaluation Findings and Implications for Practice

Adele V. Harrell, The Urban Institute
Ojmarrh Mitchell, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

This paper will present findings from the process and impact evaluation of the Breaking the Cycle Demonstration and other research on the use of: (1) legal pressure, (2) drug treatment, and (3) drug testing/monitoring/and sanctioning in pretrial court-based interventions for drug involved offenders including drug courts, TASC programs, and other diversion programs. The paper will identify various intervention strategies and discuss how they have been adapted by local jurisdictions. The summary will present strategies and principles to guide future program development by policy makers and practitioners and identify areas in need of additional study.

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