Drug Courts In Rural Communities

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The design of drug court came about to address the underlying cause(s) of criminal acts committed by offenders. Drug addiction and or mental health issues plague many people who found themselves in drug court; therefore, this specialty court’s job is to provide intense supervision and management of those needing treatment. The offenders are regularly tested and mandated to attendance, their participation monitored by a supervising judge. ("Specialty Courts," n.d.)
Additionally, women’s pathways to crime are different from men’s journey to crime. Girls and women run away from abusive situations and meet others willing to exploit them. Often times, criminal behavior happens as a direct result of drug use. E.g., Women and girls engage in prostitution in exchange for drugs. Sometimes these women are already using drugs as a way to cope with their stress and or underlying mental illness. (National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women, 2012)
Keywords: Rural, Women, Success, Drug Courts.
The Effectiveness of Drug Courts in Increasing Social Support to Female Addicts in Rural Areas

The Effectiveness of Drug Courts in Rural Communities
Research Purpose.
This research proposal will determine how effective drug courts have been in increasing social support to female addicts
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Social support is more prevalent in non-rural areas than rural areas. (Webster, Staton, & Leukefeld, 2004, p. 605) Women can gain social support from drug courts availably in all communities and we already know quantitative data analysis showed these courts are effective. Effectiveness was measured by showing a reduction in recidivism rates. Literature reviews show that increase use of drug courts in lieu of prison time, allow women access to mental health counselling and other social support services they otherwise lack. These women do better after they graduate drug court and lower numbers of drug court participants who reoffend while in the program and ultimately,

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