According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals:
In 20 years since the first Drug Court was founded, there has been more research published on the effects of Drug Courts than on virtually all other criminal justice programs combined.
- FACT: Nationwide, 75% of Drug Court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program.
- FACT: Rigorous studies examining long-term outcomes of individual Drug Courts have found that reductions in crime last at least 3 years and can endure for over 14 years.
- FACT: The most rigorous and conservative scientific “meta-analyses” have all concluded that Drug Courts significantly reduce crime as much as 45 percent more than other sentencing options.
+ Drug Courts Save Money
- FACT: Nationwide, for every $1.00 invested in Drug Court, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs alone. [In NH, it costs about $24,000 per year, per person for incarceration, and $8,000 per year per person for intensive community supervision and treatment.]
- FACT: 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.
- FACT: 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.
- FACT: In 2007, for every Federal dollar invested in Drug Court, $9.00 was leveraged in state funding.
+ Drug Courts Ensure Compliance
- FACT: Unless substance abusing/addicted offenders are regularly supervised by a judge and held accountable, 70% drop out of treatment prematurely.
- FACT: Drug Courts provide more comprehensive and closer supervision than other community-based supervision programs.
- FACT: Drug Courts are six times more likely to keep offenders in treatment long enough for them to get better.
+ Drug Courts Combat meth addiction
- FACT: For methamphetamine-addicted people, Drug Courts increase treatment program graduation rates by nearly 80%.
- FACT: When compared to eight other programs, Drug Courts quadrupled the length of abstinence from methamphetamine.
- FACT: Drug Courts reduce methamphetamine use by more than 50% compared to outpatient treatment alone.
+ Drug Courts Restore Families
- FACT: Parents in Family Drug Court are twice as likely to go to treatment and complete it.
- FACT: Children of Family Drug Court participants spend significantly less time in out-of-home placements such as foster care.
- FACT: Family re-unification rates are 50% higher for Family Drug Court participants.
- State and national experts agree thatup to 80% of criminal behavior is related to drugs and alcohol.
- Prison officials state that up to 75% of those incarcerated are there because of a drug or alcohol related crime.
- Addiction is treatable and appropriate treatment can restore people to a productive life.
- The most successful drug courts are those that follow the ten key components as outlined by the NADCP.
- Most participants in drug courts believe that the program is much tougher than spending time in prison.
- Drug courts require that participants be drug tested at least 3 times per week, attend treatment 3-4 times per week, report to probation 3 times a week, attend weekly court sessions, pay weekly fees, and maintain a curfew. Participants appear in court weekly and receive immediate sanctions for non-compliant behavior.