Equity and Inclusion

"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts."

- Mahatma Gandhi

In 2010, the NADCP board of directors issued a resolution directing treatment courts to determine whether racial or ethnic disparities exist in their programs and to take reasonable corrective measures to eliminate any disparities that are identified.

The following resources have been designed to assist your program with identifying disparities and taking corrective action.


Equity and Inclusion Toolkit

This dynamic new toolkit focuses on Standard II of the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards: Equity and Inclusion.


Journal for Advancing Justice

Identifying and Rectifying Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Treatment Courts

Equity and Inclusion Training

Training for jurisdictions to address racial disparities and bias to ensure equivalent access, retention, treatment, incentives, sanctions and dispositions.

Assessing and Using Risk Need Assessment

NDCI Fact sheet to help you find and use a culturally appropriate risk and need assessment tool.

NADCP's Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards addresses disparities in Standard II. The standards place an obligation on treatment courts to monitor for evidence of disparities and to adjust eligibility criteria, assessment procedures and treatment services.

Standard II includes guidance on ensuring:

  • Equivalent Access
  • Equivalent Retention
  • Equivalent Treatment
  • Equivalent Incentives & Sanctions
  • Equivalent Dispositions
  • Team Training