Judicial Orientation: The Black Box of Drug Court

Judicial Orientation: The Black Box of Drug Court
Kathleen M. Contrino
September 2015

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-793-4 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 270 pages

Price   $77.00


Drug court teams seek to ensure client compliance with rules and mandated treatment through a series of rewards and graduated sanctions. Drug court judges are the critical key component of drug court as well as the central authority figure for clients. Contrino examines judicial orientation in drug court. Judicial orientation is identified by specific policies and procedures that each court has incorporated into their court and ordered by the judge from the bench. Data from court observation, staff interviews, and client outcomes are analyzed to provide a more contextual understanding of how drug court judges can impact client success.

About the Author

Kathleen Contrino, a graduate of University at Buffalo with both a J.D and Phd in Sociology, is a professor of criminal justice at Canisius College. Dr. Contrino also practices family law in New York and represents children and adults in a local Family Treatment Court. Her research areas include, drug court, gender issues in criminal justice and juvenile justice.