Beginning in Miami, Florida, drug courts spread quickly throughout local communities as a rehabilitative alternative to incarceration for nonviolent, drug- and alcohol-related offenses. Drug courts' theoretical foundation remained consistent as each program responded to their community's intoxicant-related offenses and existing organizational structures. Leaders in Woodbury County, Iowa, faced the same challenges when they decided to create its program. Mixed-methods research approaches were used to evaluate the program within the confines of five theories that underpin drug courts. This case study outlines the project, its ethical situation, and a cost-benefit summary. The research project showed that the project has been successful and resulted in changes within Iowa's drug court policies
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