Title

Secondary prevention services for clients who are low risk in drug court: A conceptual model

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

The drug court model assumes that most drug offenders are addicts, and that drug use fuels other criminal activity. As a result, drug court clients must satisfy an intensive regimen of treatment and supervisory obligations. However, research suggests that roughly one third of drug court clients do not have a clinically significant substance use disorder. For these clients, standard drug court services may be ineffective or even contraindicated. Instead, these clients may be best suited for a secondary prevention approach directed at interrupting the acquisition of addictive behaviors. Unfortunately, there are no established secondary prevention packages for adults in criminal justice settings. This article presents a conceptual framework for developing and administering secondary prevention services in drug courts and proposes a platform of prevention techniques that can be tailored in a clinically relevant manner for the sizeable population of drug court clients who are low risk. © 2006 Sage Publications.

Publication Title

Crime and Delinquency

Volume

52

Issue

1

First Page

114

Last Page

134

Comments

This article was published in Crime and Delinquency, Volume 52, Issue 1, Pages 114-134.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011128705281751.

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