Research and analysis

Dedicated drug court: process evaluation

A study of dedicated drug courts (DDCs), their implementation, and the potential for them to reduce drug use and offending.


The Dedicated Drug Courts Pilot Evaluation Process Study

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A process evaluation study of dedicated drug courts, their implementation and factors underpinning the potential for DDCs to reduce drug use and associated offending.

Jane Kerr, Charlotte Tompkins, Wojtek Tomaszewski, Sarah Dickens, Roger Grimshaw, Nat Wright and Matt Barnard. The National Centre for Social Research.

Six pilot dedicated drug courts (DDCs) that specialised in dealing with offenders who misused drugs were introduced in magistrates’ courts in England and Wales from 2004.

This process evaluation of the pilot Dedicated Drug Courts (DDCs) used both qualitative and quantitative methods to map the implementation of the DDC model and the factors underpinning the DDCs potential to reduce drug use and associated offending.

Published 24 February 2011