Dedicated drug court: impact evaluation
Date: 30 March 2010
by T. McSweeney, P. Meadows, H. Metcalf, P. Turnbull and C. Stanley (National Institute of Economic and Social Research, and the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Kings College, London).
The dedicated drug court model was piloted at six magistrates’ courts: Leeds, West London, Barnsley, Bristol, Cardiff and Salford.
The study asked if it was feasible to carry out an impact evaluation of the pilots. An evaluation would look at what happens to those who go through the courts, and whether the pilots reduce reoffending and drug misuse.
The study will help us decide if it is possible to measure the impact of the pilot, and whether to roll it out more widely.