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Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, Massachusetts In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science In Criminal Justice

Degree Program

Criminal Justice

Degree Type

Master of Science in Criminal Justice


During the 1980’s, drug offense were running high within the United States. The court system along with the police and other fields were forced to form other methods of dealing with offenders who have a substance abuse problem. In 1989, the first drug court in the United States was formed in the state if Florida. The idea was to create a therapeutic method to help those who are committing non-violent criminal acts due to their addiction. The goal of drug court was to get offenders the treatment they needed so they would not resort to criminal activity. Drug court personal came up with a guideline based on the principles therapeutic jurisprudence called the "10 Key Components". This research measures how closely drug courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts follow the 10 Key Components and how this relates to the drug court effectiveness.


Dr. Jennifer Hartsfield, Chair

Dr. Mia Ortiz, Member

Dr. Emily Brissette, Member