The Key Component Of Drug Courts

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Not only do the eligibility requirements of drug courts vary across the board, but the way the programs operate and their outcomes vary considerably, especially when it comes down to how they choose to operationalize the ten key components (Carey & Waller, 2011; Mackin et. al, 2009). In 1997, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals published these key components. The first key component is that drug courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing (NADCP, 1997). Being that the mission of drug courts is to combat the abuse of drugs and alcohol it is imperative for them to promote recovery through coordinated responses. The second key component states that drug courts should use a nonadversarial approach, prosecution, and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants’ due process rights (Mackin et al., 2012). Through an individual’s treatment process prosecutors and defense counsel should enforce a traditional adversarial courtroom relationship and work together instead of against one another to focus on recovery. The third key component mentions how important it is for eligible participants to be identified early and placed in a drug court program as soon as possible. The fourth key component states how drug courts should provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug and other related treatment and rehab services (NADCP, 1997). Some participants of drug courts may need other resources such as…
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