"The drug court movement reflects a desire to shift the emphasis from attempting to combat drug crimes by reducing the supply of drugs to addressing the demand for drugs through the treatment of addiction. Drug courts use the criminal justice system to address addiction through an integrated set of social and legal services instead of solely relying upon sanctions through incarceration or probation."


King, Ryan S. and Pasquarella, Jill, "Drug Courts: A Review of the Evidence" (Washington, DC: Sentencing Project, April 2009), p. 1.