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Drug Courts and the Criminal Justice System

Deborah Koetzle and Shelley Johnson Listwan, editors
Drug Courts and the Criminal Justice System
ISBN: 978-1-62637-697-7
ISBN: 978-1-62637-733-2
2018/227 pages/LC: 2017061560
"Provides a very detailed exploration of drug courts, with in-depth evidence from a vast range of sources, making it a very interesting and engaging read, likely to be of interest to a wide audience."—Tracey Price, Criminology & Criminal Justice


Drug courts—a rare success story in the criminal justice system—are generally credited with reducing recidivism and providing a lower-cost alternative to incarceration. They have also spawned the development of other specialty courts. The authors of Drug Courts and the Criminal Justice System provide a comprehensive analysis of just how drug courts work, systematically examining the model and exploring its broader significance.


Deborah Koetzle is associate professor in the Department of Public Management and executive officer of the doctoral program in criminal justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Shelley Johnson Listwan is professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


  • The Drug Court Movement—the Editors.
  • The Development and Evolution of Drug Courts—B. Lovins and E.J. Latessa.
  • The Theoretical Foundations of Drug Courts—S. Senjo.
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations—S. Leben, D. Rottman, and P. Casey.
  • Juvenile Drug Courts—C. Sullivan, L. Blair, J. Lux, and C.C. Sullivan.
  • The Impact of the Judge—D. Marlowe.
  • The Drug Court Team—J.G. Van Wormer and F.E. Lutze.
  • The Importance of Evidence-Based Treatment—S.J. Listwan, A. LaCourse, and N. Jaeger.
  • Implementation and Evaluation Challenges—W.P. Guastaferro and L. Lutgen.
  • The Effectiveness of the Drug Court Model—E. Harbinson and D. Koetzle.
  • Where Do We Go From Here?—F.S.Taxman, D.S. Rudes, S. Belenko, M. Hiller, D. Young, and M. Perdoni.