An Evaluation of Drug Courts Shannon Albritton Seminar in Criminology Professor Fawn T. Ngo, Ph.D. April 27, 2010
An Evaluation of Drug Courts The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that the Uniform Crime Reporting Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported in 2007 stated that there were 14,831 homicides. These homicides were almost four percent drug related. The report also includes crimes that occurred in the process of committing the drug offense. In a study done in 2004 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, where both state and federal prisoners were interviewed seventeen percent of state prisoners and eighteen percent of federal prisoners stated that they committed their crime to get money for drugs. A study done in 2007 by the National Crime Victimization Survey showed that there were 5.2 million violent victimizations of people twelve years of age or older. When the National Crime Victimization Survey asked the victims about what they observed about the offender, twenty-six percent of people surveyed stated they believed the offender was on drugs and or alcohol (Drugs and Crime Facts, 2010). The problem I researched was if drug court is an effective program and how I think we can make it better. The way I researched my paper was by using the Meta-Analytic Review Method. Welsh and Farrington (2006) define this method as: A meta-analysis involves the statistical or quantitative of the results of prior research studies. Since it involves the statistical summary of data (in particular, effect sizes), it requires a reasonable number of intervention studies that are sufficiently similar to be grouped together, there may be little point in reporting an average effect size based on a very small number of studies. Nevertheless, quantitative methods can be very important in helping the reviewer determine the average effect of a particular intervention. (P.10)
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