Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice

First Committee Member

Deborah K. Shaffer, Chair

Second Committee Member

Terry Miethe

Third Committee Member

Tamara Madensen

Graduate Faculty Representative

Larry Ashley

Number of Pages



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




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