Drug Court Justice

Experiences in a Juvenile Drug Court

by Kevin Whiteacre (Author)
©2008 Textbook XIV, 140 Pages


This book is an exploratory study of a juvenile drug treatment court in the Midwest. Based on observations and interviews the author conducted while serving as the contracted program evaluator, the book investigates how denial, surveillance, coercion, accountability, and definitions of success operate and interact in the Juvenile Drug Court environment and intertwine with institutional needs and authority structures. The book’s findings suggest that some drug court practices may expose participants to potential harms that until now have been largely ignored in studies of drug courts. Drug Court Justice concludes with suggestions for reducing the potential harms of juvenile drug courts.


XIV, 140
ISBN (Softcover)
USA Jugend Drogenmissbrauch Strafvollzug Criminal Justice Drug Treatment Juvenile Justice Harm Reduction Juvenile Delinquency Drug Court
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XIV, 140 pp.

Biographical notes

Kevin Whiteacre (Author)

The Author: Kevin Whiteacre is Director of the Community Research Center and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Indianapolis. Previously he was the Administrator of Research for the Salvation Army Correctional Services Program in Chicago, Illinois. He has also served as the program evaluator for an adult drug treatment court for more than five years, and has worked as a researcher for other court programs, including the juvenile drug court.


Title: Drug Court Justice