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Specialized & Problem Solving Courts Programs at a Glance
Total Number of Programs: 53

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Specialized & Problem Solving Courts Practice Outcomes at a Glance
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Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) / Randomized Field Experiment

Refers to an experimental research design in which participants are randomly assigned to a treatment or a control group. Most social scientists consider random assignment to lead to the highest level of confidence that observed effects are the result of the program and not other variables.


Specialized & Problem Solving Courts

Problem solving courts, such as drug courts, differ from traditional courts in that they are specially designed court calendars or dockets dedicated to addressing one type of offense or offender. These court-based interventions may focus on substance abuse, mental health, and other criminogenic issues. Typically, the judge plays a key supervisory role, and other criminal justice components (such as probation) and social services agencies (such as substance abuse treatment) collaborate on case management.



OJP Publications

Drug Courts, NIJ,OJJDP,BJA, January 2020

Mandatory Divorce Custody Mediation and Intimate Partner Violence/Abuse, NIJ, April 2018

The National Institute of Justice's Evaluation of Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts: Lessons Learned About Reentry Court Program Implementation and Sustainability, NIJ-Sponsored, January 2018

Long Term Effects of Drug Court Participation Evidence From a 15 Year Follow up of a Randomized Controlled Trial, NIJ-Sponsored, 2017

Reentry Court Research: Overview of Findings from the National Institute of Justice's Evaluation of Second Chance Act Adult Reentry Courts, NIJ-Sponsored, December 2017

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