Factors correlated to graduating from the Fourteenth Judicial District (Louisiana) Adult Drug Treatment Court Program
Broussard, Robert D.
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Drug courts have gained immense popularity throughout the United States as alternatives to traditional sentencing. For programs to continue to be effective, administrators have to understand which factors are correlated to graduation. This study used a retrospective crosssectional design with a sample consisting of the entire population (n=38) of past participants in the Fourteenth Judicial District (Louisiana) Adult Drug Treatment Court Program between June 2007 and January 2011. Bivariate analysis and t test results indicated that older white participants, who were employed and had attained a high school diploma or GED prior to entering the program, were more likely to graduate than others without these specific characteristics. Policy and research implications include limiting the size of the program and developing standard definitions for offender characteristics to be used for future studies.