NIJ funds projects to identify and evaluate strategies (including treatment) to prevent, deter or reduce drug- and alcohol-related crime. These projects include drug courts and diversion programs, such as Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) and Delaware's Decide Your Time program, which often include drug treatment as a key component.
Research shows that court-monitored drug abuse treatment programs can help prevent offenders from committing new crimes. Swift and certain punishment for violations is an effective way to improve compliance with the terms of probation.
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Date Updated: June 24, 2015