This monograph provides a comprehensive look at the state of treatment courts in the United States.
Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and authored by the National Drug Court Resource Center, Painting the Current Picture: A National Report on Treatment Courts in the United States is an in-depth analysis of treatment court programs across the United States. Designed to provide stakeholders with the ability to monitor trends and to highlight similarities and differences in the findings obtained over time, this monograph condenses relevant data into one report which shows a full picture of treatment court operations in the U.S. The report presents a national overview of data by court type with suggestions for best practices and development, and a comprehensive literature review and synopsis of peer-reviewed research and the most recent scholarly literature for each treatment court type, identifying gaps for future research projects. Summaries of the extant literature for each treatment court type include a brief overview of the history and structure, best practice standards, guiding principles, effectiveness and cost-benefit findings, and directions for future research.