H/R Drug Court Established!

The Valley Justice Coalition celebrates the establishment of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Drug Court! Program details are being worked out and significantly adjusted at this time, so be sure to check this site for updates, but the original program details are in this document. We are eager to ensure that this drug court program utilizes the best research to maximize its effectiveness. Here’s what we’re reading:

  • Knowles, J. (2015). The Effectiveness of a drug court program: Best practices and outcomes (Doctoral dissertation, State University of New York Empire State College). Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1867049796
  • Blair, L., Sullivan, C. C., Lux, J., Thielo, A. J., & Gormsen, L. (2016). Measuring drug court adherence to the what works literature: The creation of the Evidence-Based Correctional Program Checklist–Drug Court. International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, 60(2), 165–188. doi:10.1177/0306624X14549950
  • Cissner, A. B., Rempel, M., Franklin, A. W., Roman, J., Bieler, S., Cohen, R. L., & Cadoret, C. R. (2013). A statewide evaluation of New York’s adult drug courts: Identifying which policies work best. New York, NY: Center for Court Innovation. Retrieved from https://www.bja.gov/Publications/CCI-UI-NYS_Adult_DC_Evaluation.pdf
  • Carey, S. M., Finigan, M. W., & Pukstas, K. (2008). Exploring the key components of drug courts: A comparative study of 18 adult drug courts on practices, outcomes and costs. Portland, OR: NPC Research. Retrieved from http://npcresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/NIJ_Cross-site_Final_Report_03082.pdf
  • Lloyd, M. H., Johnson, T., & Brook, J. (2014). Illuminating the black box from within: Stakeholder perspectives on family drug court best practices. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(4), 378–401. doi:10.1080/1533256X.2014.958492
  • Latessa, E. J., & Reitler, A. K. (2014). What works in reducing recidivism and how does it relate to drug courts. Ohio Northern University Law Review, 41, 757ff. Retrieved from https://law.onu.edu/sites/default/files/Latessa.pdf
  • Cheesman, F. L., Graves, S. E., Holt, K., Kunkel, T. L., Lee, C. G., & White, M. T. (2016). Drug court effectiveness and efficiency: Findings for Virginia. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 34(2), 143–169. doi:10.1080/07347324.2016.1148486
  • Axel, D. K., & Rosen, D. M. (2014). Putting two drug courts to the top ten test: Comparing Essex and Denver drug court with “The Carey Team’s” best practice. Valparaiso University Law Review, 47(3), 151–178. Retrieved from http://scholar.valpo.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2298&context=vulr
  • Witkin, S. H., & Hays, S. P. (2017). Drug court through the eyes of participants. Criminal Justice Policy Review. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0887403417731802


Also, we want to consider not only the best practices for effective drug courts, but also how to avoid some of the issues associated with drug courts. We have gathered some more critical views as well:

For updates on our work with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Drug Court, see additional webpages here or sign up for our mailing list.

One comment
  1. I’m glad to se the courts offering help for people who have addiction issues. I would like to know if I can request help for my daughter who desperately breeds treatment. My daughter is Heather Munstermann and she is now serving a 30 day sentence for having drug possession, while driving on a suspended license. She is being housed at Middle River Regional Jail at this time and is due to be released on the 4 of April . Please help my daughter get the help she needs . Sincerely Sandra Cline

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