The actual approach will entail gathering information from the above institutions about the behavior of offenders who have gone through the drug courts and comparing it with those who have not gone through them (Marczyk, 2005). A total of 20,000 drug offenders from five states will be tracked to establish their records and behavior once they had been through the drug court. These people will also include those who are still on a drug court program because there is a possibility that some will never get off the program.
Another 20,000 offenders who never went through drug courts but are in or have been to a community based drug rehabilitation center will be tracked to assess their level of recovery and tendencies to commit crime once they have successfully recovered. Apart from analyzing the records, the officers in charge of the various facilities and institutions as well as some offenders under treatment will be interviewed to get their view.
The information will be compared to determine the number of these offenders who have successfully been healed of the drug problem as will be indicated by their successful reintegration into the community and the lack of no reported engagement in acts of law-breaking ever after. The offenders will be tracked for over 10 years after they were on treatment, both for those in the drug courts and those on the other civilian treatment facilities. Although it will be difficult to get access to all the records of the people, the research will strive to do it.
Population and Sample The research will cover both adults and juveniles of either gender. For each state, a total of 4,000 drug offenders will be studied, half of which will be children. Attempts will be made to include as many females as males although this will not be a priority factor. Data Analysis The main method to analyze the data will be comparison (Greasley, 2008). Data from drug courts will be compared with data from other drug treatment institutions to determine which of the two is more effective in its treatment.
The main challenge will be finding the frequency at which recidivism is committed by those who have been through some form of treatment. A percentage will be arrived at showing how the two sides compare. In addition to comparison, analytic induction will be applied. The data will be measured based on the five hypotheses, and in the event there is no agreement, a revision of the hypotheses will be done to make them more appropriate.