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April 2, 2009

New report on drug courts from The Sentencing Project

I received news of an important new report on drug courts from The Sentencing Project.  Here is the text of the e-mail I received about the report:

The Sentencing Project is pleased to announce the publication of a new report, Drug Courts: A Review of the Evidence, that assesses the impact of the drug court movement.
Since their introduction in 1989, drug courts have received a significant amount of attention by practitioners, policymakers, and the general public.  Originally conceived as an alternative to incarceration for persons convicted of low-level drug offenses, there are now more than 1,600 drug courts nationally, covering all 50 states.  Many of these programs have broadened their eligibility requirements to grant more individuals access to treatment rather than incarceration.  In the two decades since their launch, a substantial body of literature has been established evaluating drug court efficacy in regard to reducing recidivism and criminal justice costs.
To mark the 20-year anniversary of the modern drug court, The Sentencing Project surveyed a wide-range of research to outline general findings on the operation and efficacy of drug courts, and to highlight benefits and potential concerns.  Overall, we find that:

  • Drug courts have generally been demonstrated to have positive benefits in reducing recidivism.
  • Evaluations of the cost-effectiveness of drug courts have generally found benefits through reduced costs of crime or incarceration.
  • Concern remains regarding potential "net-widening" effects of drug courts by drawing in defendants who might not otherwise have been subject to arrest and prosecution.

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The organization is a biased lawyer criminal cult front organization arguing for greater protection for the lawyer's criminal clients. Re-arrest rates are meaningless at best, and more likely misleading. While loose, the average addict commits 400 felonies a year. I challenge them. Utter the V word, even if totally alone. They can't.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 3, 2009 12:22:10 AM

i am a wife of an inmate that seeking for answers. can anyone tell me if a new law is going to take place for fedral inmates to reduce there time to 65%. Do to the over crowed jails or is that just a rumor?

Posted by: raquel | Nov 1, 2009 11:34:29 PM

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