Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Michael L. Radelet

Second Advisor

Matthew Brown

Third Advisor

Ginger Knowlton


This research paper focuses on the interworkings of Drug Court programs. I conducted my qualitative research as a participant observer and through interviews of the Drug Court Staff of Adams County Drug Court. The past research on Drug Court programs has concluded that Drug Court programs do work to decrease the recidivism rates for non-violent Drug Offenders. This research differs from past research as it focuses how the Self is the most important element to the recovery process and graduating from the program. My research found that the way the Self is recreated and impacted changes one's identity. The Self is impacted by the community cultivated within Drug Court, the relationships formed, the roles people assume, ones status, and most importantly, how much one is integrated within the program. This thesis not only identifies the benefits of the program, but its disadvantages as well.