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Spotlight (Preview)

Drug Courts Reexamined

November 13, 2006, 2-4 p.m. (EDT)
Online event; registration required

Miami Dade County established the nation's first drug court in 1989, aiming to reduce crime related to substance abuse and dependence without jeopardizing public safety or due process, and thus increase trial capacity for more serious criminal cases. This was accomplished through a model of assessment, judicial monitoring and supervision, graduated sanctions and rewards, and treatment services, managed by a nonadversarial and multidisciplinary team.

As of 2005, 1,550 drug courts were operating in the United States, as were a host of other specialized, "problem solving" courts. But with decreased funding at all government levels, drug court expansion is no longer a foregone conclusion.

The National Institute of Justice and other agencies are now funding drug court studies that raise the standard beyond anecdotal observation. In this 2-hour online event, sponsored by the Government Innovators Network and the NIJ, a panel of drug treatment and court experts will discuss research on adult drug court outcomes and costs, and the factors that affect program implementation and impact.

Our experts include Mike Rempel, from the Center for Court Innovation, Dr. Peter Luongo of the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, and Judge Terry D. Terrell from Florida's First Judicial Circuit Court. The discussion will be opened to audience Q&A, moderated by Tom Charron, President of the American Prosecutors Research Institute.

This event is free, and will be recorded and archived on our website, accessible at your convenience.

Register - Please fill out some basic information on the event registration page if you are interested in attending.

Instructions - Here you will find instructions for logging in the day of the event.

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