Award Date

5-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Department

Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Deborah K. Shaffer, Chair

Second Committee Member

Jane F. Gauthier

Third Committee Member

Terrance Miethe

Graduate Faculty Representative

Larry Ashley

Number of Pages

46

Abstract

Research studies have identified gender differences in the drug abusing patterns and treatment needs of men and women. Even so, studies on the drug court model have not assessed drug court effectiveness across sex. Using secondary data collected from the Ada County Drug Court, the recidivism rates of drug court participants (n=259) and probationers (n=235) were analyzed. Drug court participants were found to be less likely to recidivate compared to probationers, which supports previous research on drug court effectiveness. Regression analyses failed to find an interaction between group membership and sex, thereby indicating that the effect of the drug court did not differ across sex. These findings suggest that, despite differences in drug abuse patterns, the treatment needs of both men and women were being addressed in the drug court.

Keywords

Ada County Drug Court; Drug abuse treatment; Drug courts; Idaho; Recidivism; Sex differences

Disciplines

Courts | Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Sociology

Language

English


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