U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Painting the Current Picture: A National Report on Treatment Courts in the United States – Highlights & Insights

NCJ Number
Kristen DeVall, Ph.D.; Christina Lanier, Ph.D.; Lindsay J. Baker, M.A.
Date Published
August 2022
36 pages

This condensed version of Painting the Current Picture (PCP) provides important information and findings from the 2019 PCP survey. The full monograph, along with the court-specific briefs, will be released soon.


The monograph has continued the long-standing tradition of providing a detailed profile of the treatment court field within the United States. Especially noteworthy is that the data enable the authors to monitor trends and highlight similarities and differences in the findings over time. The monograph also provides a summary of the most recent scholarly literature on treatment courts. Summaries of the extant literature for each type of treatment court include an overview of the history and structure, best practice standards, guiding principles, effectiveness and cost-benefit findings, and directions for future research.