Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Dr. Cassia Spohn


Over the years there have been large increases in the number of drug offenders arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced to prison. These increases have lead to an overload of the criminal justice system. This overload prompted states to develop new responses to substance use and drug-related crime. One such innovation is the drug treatment court, which combines accountability and treatment. The goal of these courts is to reduce recidivism and substance use among drug-involved criminal offenders. This study uses data from Douglas County (Nebraska) to compare recidivism rates for participants in the Douglas County Drug Court and traditionally adjudicated drug offenders. The overall objective was to determine if the Douglas County Drug Court was more effective at reducing recidivism rates as compared to traditionally adjudicated drug offenders. This study found that drug court participants who graduated or were active in the drug court had lower recidivism rates than traditionally adjudicated offenders.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Criminal Justice and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Erika Davis Frenzel December, 2000