Drug Courts are the most effective justice intervention for treating drug-addicted people. Drug Courts reduce drug use. Drug Courts reduce crime. Drug Courts save money. Drug Courts restore lives. Drug Courts save children and reunite families.
Drug Courts Reduce Crime
- Nationwide, 75% of Drug Court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program.
- The most rigorous and conservative scientific “meta-analyses” have all concluded that Drug Courts significantly reduce crime as much as 45% more than other sentencing options.
Drug Courts Save Money
- Nationwide, for every $1.00 invested in Drug Court, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs alone.
- When considering other cost offsets such as savings from reduced victimization and healthcare service utilization, studies have shown benefits range up to $27 for every $1 invested.
- Drug Courts produce cost savings ranging from $3,000 to $13,000 per client. These cost savings reflect reduced prison costs, reduced revolving-door arrests and trials, and reduced victimization.
- In 2007, for every Federal dollar invested in Drug Court, $9.00 was leveraged in state funding.
Drug Courts Ensure Compliance
- Unless substance abusing/addicted offenders are regularly supervised by a judge and held accountable, 70% drop out of treatment prematurely.
- Drug Courts provide more comprehensive and closer supervision than other community-based supervision programs.
- Drug Courts are six times more likely to keep offenders in treatment long enough for them to get better.
Drug Courts Combat meth addiction
- For methamphetamine-addicted people, Drug Courts increase treatment program graduation rates by nearly 80%.
- When compared to eight other programs, Drug Courts quadrupled the length of abstinence from methamphetamine.
- Drug Courts reduce methamphetamine use by more than 50% compared to outpatient treatment alone.
Drug Courts Restore Families
- Parents in Family Drug Court are twice as likely to go to treatment and complete it.
- Children of Family Drug Court participants spend significantly less time in out-of-home placements such as foster care.
- Family re-unification rates are 50% higher for Family Drug Court participants.