The State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) of the Michigan Supreme Court contracted with NPC Research to perform the analyses and interpret the results for an outcome evaluation performed by SCAO of three DUI court programs in Bay, Clarkston, and Ottawa counties. NPC Research had previously completed two cost-benefit evaluations of adult drug courts in Michigan (in Kalamazoo and Barry counties).
The DUI court participants were examined in terms of outcomes such as reductions in drug use, time in jail for the DUI case and graduation rate. The impacts of the program on recidivism (e.g., re-arrests, new DUI charges) were assessed by comparing the DUI court participants with a comparison group of offenders who were eligible for the program but did not attend using statewide and local criminal justice, substance abuse treatment, and probation data.
Bret E. Fuller, Ph.D.