Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
This is a study of the Kalamazoo County Drug Treatment Court Programs. Participants in the court programs are men and women who reside in the county and are charged with drug-related non-violent felonies. These participants, along with judges and administrators of the program, were interviewed for the study. The interviews were held in face-to-face meetings: participants on neutral ground and court functionaries in their offices.
The study sought to determine what factors contributed to the success or failure of drug court participants. It asked to what extent program requirements are perceived by the participants to be coercive, and how this perception might be related to such variables as age, race, gender, education, marital status, and others. It also sought to determine to what extent program requirements are perceived by judges and administrators to be coercive, and how their perception might be related to such variables as age, experience on the job, gender, race and others. Critical to the study was how these two perceptions of coercions differed.
A major finding of the study showed there were some differences between the extent to which judges and administrators did.
Houston, James H., "Drug Courts: A Study of Retention and Suspension in the Kalamazoo County Drug Court Program" (2003). Dissertations. 1234.