"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.
Doug Marlowe presents findings from Volume 1 of the Journal for Advancing Justice
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