New resources on drug courts and cost-efficiency analysis

By , March 31, 2014

The Adult Drug Court Research-to-Practice Initiative (R2P)—a project of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Justice Programs Office of the School of Public Affairs at American University—recently conducted the webinar “Drug Court Cost-Efficiency Analysis: Methods and Findings.”

The online panel discussion, moderated by Fred L. Cheesman II, principal court research consultant at NCSC, covers how to conduct drug court cost-efficiency analysis—including guidance on marginal costs, transactional costs, and monetizing drug-court outcomes—as well as what the current cost-effectiveness research tells us about adult drug courts. The following panelists participated:

  • Gray Barton, executive director, Office of Problem-Solving Courts, State of Maryland
  • Michael Finigan, president and owner, NPC Research
  • Christian Henrichson, senior policy analysis, Vera Institute of Justice’s Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit
  • John Roman, senior fellow, Urban Institute

The recorded webinar, PowerPoint slides, and bibliography of resources are online on the R2P website.

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