Impact of Drug Courts on Recidivism

NIJ has sponsored major studies evaluating whether drug court programs successfully reduce offender recidivism. Recently published findings from a major study known as the Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation show that drug courts do reduce offender recidivism; several factors having to do mostly with treatment and the judge's role need to be present for this result. [1]


[note 1] The Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation is a five-year longitudinal study sampling 1,800 probationers participating in drug courts across the country. Learn more about MADCE from NIJ's Web page.

Date Created: October 3, 2008