Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Community Development and Applied Economics

Thesis Type

Honors College

First Advisor

Janet Murnane


Vermont, Drug Court, Recidivism


This paper analyzes the effectiveness of the four drug courts in Vermont using the program studies conducted by the Vermont Center for Justice Research, interviews, journal articles, and case studies. My goals were to identify how Vermont drug courts are run, to determine whether the programs are effective at keeping participants and graduates drug-free and free from repeat criminal activity, to identify issues that impede drug court’s effectiveness, and to understand how Vermont’s efforts compare to those in other states. My conclusions are that (1) the evaluations of Vermont drug courts are positive indicators that the programs are effective in reducing and treating the opioid problem and that (2) drug courts are a less expensive alternative to criminal sanctions, but (3) that there is a need for standardized definitions for the terms used to evaluate effectiveness and (4) for increased analysis of crime statistics to allow for better comparisons with program outcomes.

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