Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dr. Rivera awarded grant to evaluate Oregon drug court program

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to evaluate the Jackson County, Oregon community justice program called Recovery Opportunities Court. This multi-year evaluation project will examine the results of this unique adult court program in Oregon.

The Recovery Opportunities Court was designed in response to increased prison sentences for non-violent property and drug offenders. This intensive post-adjudication drug court program diverts medium and high risk drug dependent offenders from prison into treatment. The impact of the Recovery Opportunities Court will be assessed, in part, by comparing offenders randomly assigned to this court program and offenders assigned to a traditional probation program.

The Jackson County Court home page describes the current treatment court programs.