Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
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Deborah K. Shaffer, Chair
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Graduate Faculty Representative
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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of drug court participation among moderate and high risk offenders. While studies have found that intensive programs, such as drug courts, are more effective when focusing their services on high risk offenders, few studies have examined the relationship between offender risk and drug court effectiveness. Using the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) as a measure of offender risk, the study employed a quasi-experimental design to compare outcomes of drug court participants (n=228) and a matched sample of probationers (n=252). The analyses showed that drug court participants had lower rates of recidivism than probationers, but failed to find a difference in the impact of the drug court across moderate and high risk offenders.
Criminal justice; Administration of; Drug abuse and crime; Drug abuse--Treatment; Drug abusers; Drug courts; Recidivists
Criminal Law | Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance
Kobus, Kara, "Examining the impact of drug court participation for moderate and high risk offenders" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1171.