Juvenile Drug Court

Juvenile drug court programs provide the intensive judicial intervention and intensive community supervision of juveniles involved in substance abuse that is not generally available through the traditional juvenile court process.

With the growing prevalence of substance abuse among juveniles and the complexity of their treatment, which must involve both the child and his or her living environment, the traditional juvenile justice process may be unable to deal effectively with the whole problem that leads juveniles to commit drug offenses.

The Goals of Juvenile Drug Courts are to:

Immediate intervention by the court and continuous supervision by the judge of the progress of the juvenile and his or her family;

The development of a program of treatment and rehabilitation services that addresses family problems, not simply the child's;

Immediate response by the court to the child's needs and situation, as well as to noncompliance by either the child or the family with the court's program conditions; and

Judicial leadership that brings together schools, treatment resources, and other community agencies to achieve the drug court's goals.

Juvenile Drug Court

Research & Reports

Drug Courts in the Juvenile Justice System

This paper reviews the key concepts of drug courts and describes the emergence of juvenile drugs courts as ...

Juvenile drug courts: emerging outcomes and key research issues

In consideration of the widespread adoption of juvenile drug court programs during the past decade, the purpose of ...

Research Update on Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts

Research on Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts (JDTCs) has lagged considerably behind that of its adult counterparts. Although evidence ...

Changing Behavior: Incentives and Sanctions in Juvenile Dependency Drug Court

The California Supreme Court, in In re Nolan W. (2009) 45 Cal.4th 1217, declared that contempt of court ...

Briefing: Juvenile Collaborative Court Models: Juvenile Drug Court

The Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of California makes recommendations to the council for ...
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