Local Implementation of Drug Policy and Access to Treatment Services for Juveniles
Drugs, Juvenile, Policy, Treatment
Although there is a vigorous national debate regarding effective drug policy, such policies are implemented at the local level. Using a national sample of prosecutors, we examine reported typical processing for first-time juvenile marijuana, cocaine, or crack possession/sales offenders. The relationship between drug offense charge and adjudication outcomes providing treatment versus a deterrence/punitive approach is explored. Findings indicate that marijuana offenses and possession offenses generally are more likely to result in access to treatment services for juveniles whereas cocaine/crack offenses and sales offenses generally are more likely to result in the application of punitive penalties such as transfer to criminal court.
Crime and Delinquency
Terry-McElrath, Yvonne M. and McBride, Duane C., "Local Implementation of Drug Policy and Access to Treatment Services for Juveniles" (2004). Faculty Publications. 2052.