What do Clients Achieve in Drug/DUI Court? Examining Intended and Unintended Outcomes

Liang, Bin, Long, Michael and Knottnerus, David (2015) What do Clients Achieve in Drug/DUI Court? Examining Intended and Unintended Outcomes. In: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 52nd Annual Meeting, 3rd - 7th March 2015, Orlando, Florida.

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Very few studies qualitatively and systematically examine clients? perceptions and experiences in Drug/DUI programs. Based on content analysis of 229 client letters, this study examines the potential (mis)match between the stated official goals and achievements and progress self-reported by clients. Our analysis shows that a significant portion of clients? achievements went beyond the administrative expectations. Programs transformed clients? lives in a holistic way and affected diverse aspects of their lives. These findings encourage the legislature and practitioners to look beyond Drug/DUI court supervision/discipline in evaluating clients? progress and to incorporate elements reported by clients in building such programs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 14:27
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:24
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24283

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