Drug Courts as a Mechanism of Expand and Control: A Case Study in the Midwest

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

Drug courts are a relatively recent movement in the United States judicial system. Evaluations examining the effectiveness of these specialized courts have found them to be effective at reducing recidivism rates. However, research has neglected to examine the possible consequences of drug courts that increase requirements for graduation once a participant has begun the program. This study will attempt to explore the expansion of control over participants in a drug court using a case study methodology encompassing three years.

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