Adult Drug Court

Adult Drug Courts are evidence based court programs that provide an alternative to traditional criminal justice case adjudication for high risk/high need individuals struggling with substance use disorders.

These collaborative justice court models take a team based, less adversarial approach to case processing and combine close judicial oversight and monitoring with intensive supervision and substance abuse treatment services in lieu of incarceration.

The Goals of Adult Drug Courts are to:

reduce recidivism and substance abuse in substance abusing offenders

increase the offender's likelihood of successful rehabilitation by addressing substance abuse or other underlying issues that may have contributed to their criminal justice involvement.

Adult Drug Court

Research & Reports

NIJ’s Multi-site Adult Drug Court Evaluation

This five-year longitudinal process, impact and cost evaluation of adult treatment drug court programs employed a hierarchical model ...

Transitioning to a Family Centered Approach: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Three Adult Drug Courts

This case study looks at three adult drug courts (ADCs) from Florida, Michigan, and Montana that are in ...

NPC Research Reports & Publications

On this page you can access all the reports and publications available to the public from NPC Research.

NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards

This groundbreaking set of evidence-based standards is your blueprint to dramatically improve outcomes for individuals involved in the ...