The Fife Drug Court in Action: The First 6 Months

DescriptionFindings from a formative and process evaluation of the first 6 months operation of the Pilot Fife Drug Court. Initiative reported as showing early success with difficulties addressed as they arose.
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2003

THE FIFE DRUG COURT IN ACTION: THE FIRST SIX MONTHS

University of Stirling
Department of Applied Social Science
Rowdy Yates
Kathlene Beaton
Gill McIvor
Susan Eley
Margaret Malloch

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CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
THE DEVELOPMENT OF DRUG COURTS IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS
THE DEVELOPMENT OF DRUG COURTS IN SCOTLAND
THE FIFE DRUG COURT
OBJECTIVES OF THE EVALUATION
STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT
CHAPTER TWO METHODS
INTRODUCTIONY
INTERVIEWS WITH PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DRUG COURTY
INTERVIEWS WITH DRUG COURT CLIENTSY
COLLECTION OF INFORMATION FROM DRUG COURT RECORDS
OBSERVATION OF THE DRUG COURT IN ACTION
QUESTIONNAIRES COMPLETED BY THE SUPERVISION AND TREATMENT TEAM
ANALYSIS OF MINUTES OF DRUG COURT TEAM MEETINGS
ANALYSIS AND PRESENTATION OF FINDINGS
CHAPTER THREE REFERRAL TO AND SENTENCING BY THE DRUG COURT
INTRODUCTION
THE REFERRAL PROCESS
THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
ORDERS MADE BY THE DRUG COURT
SUMMARY
CHAPTER FOUR TREATMENT AND SUPERVISION
INTRODUCTION
MULTI-PROFESSIONAL TEAMWORK
SUPERVISION AND TREATMENT TEAM
TREATMENTS AND OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THOSE ON ORDERS
OBJECTIVES AND CONTENT OF DRUG COURT ORDERS
ANTICIPATED CLIENT RESPONSES TO DRUG COURT ORDERS
VIEWS ABOUT THE RANGE AND ADEQUACY OF TREATMENT SERVICES
DRUG TESTING
SUMMARY
CHAPTER FIVE REVIEWS AND ENFORCEMENT
INTRODUCTION
THE PRE-COURT REVIEW PROCESS
THE COURT REVIEW PROCESS
PROGRESS OF CLIENTS ON DRUG COURT ORDERS
SANCTIONS AND REWARDS
THE ENFORCEMENT OF DRUG COURT ORDERS
DEALING WITH NEW AND OUTSTANDING CHARGES
SUMMARY
CHAPTER SIX PERSPECTIVES ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DRUG COURT
INTRODUCTION
VIEWS ABOUT THE LIKELY EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DRUG COURT
FACTORS THAT ENHANCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DRUG COURT
FACTORS THAT DETRACT FROM THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DRUG COURT
ENHANCING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DRUG COURT
THE IMPACT OF THE DRUG COURT ON OTHER COURT BUSINESS
IS A DEDICATED DRUG COURT NECESSARY?
SUMMARY
CHAPTER SEVEN CONCLUSIONS
INTRODUCTION
THE OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS OF THE DRUG COURT
SUMMARY
REFERENCES

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