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How do Drug Courts Work?

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Document date: June 15, 2010
Released online: July 16, 2010


The Urban Institute, the Center for Court Innovation, and RTI International conducted NIJ's Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation. This presentation describes results of a multivariate model that tests whether assignment to drug court alone affect outcomes; whether drug court practices moderate outcomes, and if drug court practices mediate moderated outcomes by changing attitudes and beliefs. Findings for drug use using a mediated moderator model are presented.

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Presentation Overview

  • Background
  • Proposed Model
  • Analytic Strategy
  • Results
  • Next Steps

Intuition Behind SEM

  • Individuals enter CJS with attributes that affect their outcomes;
  • Individuals then encounter CJS interventions (drug court, BAU);
  • The activities of those CJS interventions moderate the effect of attributes on offending;
  • May also affect attitudes. Changes in attitudes mediates the moderation.

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Topics/Tags: | Crime/Justice

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