Success of Drug Court Programs Examinations of the Perceptions of Drug Court Personnel

Hypothesis 2 suggests that perceived drug court success will be significantly influenced by drug court program characteristics (operational duration, total clients served, number of counties in the district, population, jurisdiction, drug court model).
Hypothesis 3 suggests that drug court personnel will perceive local officials as (a) most supportive of drug courts, (b) placing themost importance on drug courts, and (c) having the greatest influence over drug courts. 4 suggests that drug court personnel will perceive federal officials as (a) least supportive of drug courts, (b) placing the least importance on drug courts, and (c) having the least influence over drug courts (Norad and Carlen 330).
The researchers used five states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Utah) in order to create their data. These states were chosen because they had similar predominant political belief systems along with similar programs. Surveys were sent to judges and administrators throughout each of the states. The dependent variable was based on the perception of drug court success as summed up through nine conditions or services that relate to the drug court system. A five-point scale system was implemented with 4 equaling significant improvement, 3 equaling some improvement, 2 equaling no change, 1 equaling some deterioration, and 0 equaling significant deterioration. Of the participants contacted, 114 respondents were viable (Norad and Carlen 330).
The most significant finding is that in conservative states it is possible for drug courts to work effectively and have perceived success by those that are involved. The perception of those involved with the program was measured in order to determine whether the success of these programs was realized by those involved with the programs. The administrators with the least education but the most experienced in working with drug-related offenders had the strongest perception of success. The conservative nature of a state does not diminish the success of innovative programs where the health and&nbsp.welfare of both the offender and society are adjudicated.&nbsp.&nbsp.