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Expansion Drug Courts Serving More Prison-Bound Offenders, but Will Not Fully Expend Federal Funds, Report No. 11-21, November 2011
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  • The 2009 Florida Legislature established eight post-adjudicatory drug courts to divert drug-addicted, prison-bound offenders to treatment, thereby saving state prison dollars. As of September 30, 2011, 1,190 offenders had been admitted to the program. Despite actions by the 2011 Legislature, the Office of the State Courts Administrator reports that the courts are not likely to serve enough offenders to expend all federal grant funds before they expire in March 2013.
  • While the number of prison-bound offenders served has continued to increase, only two of the eight expansion drug courts have had a majority of their participants facing mandatory prison sentences.
  • Current data indicates that Florida expansion drug court completion rates for early program participants may slightly exceed the completion rates of other post-adjudicatory drug courts.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 10-54 Without Changes, Expansion Drug Courts Unlikely to Realize Expected Cost Savings,published in October 2010.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Circuit Courts
Circuit Courts
State Attorneys
Community Corrections
State Courts System
Justice Administrative Commission
Department of Corrections

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 14-02 Expansion Drug Courts Can Produce Positive Outcomes Through Prison Diversion and Reduced Recidivism,published in January 2014.
  • Report No. 10-66 Pretrial Release Programs’ Data Collection Methods and Requirements Could Improve,published in December 2010.
  • Report No. 10-39 Zero Tolerance Policy Rescinded and Alternatives Implemented to Address Technical Violations,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 10-27 Intermediate Sanctions for Non-Violent Offenders Could Produce Savings,published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 10-08 Pretrial Release Programs’ Compliance With New Reporting Requirements Is Mixed,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 09-13 State’s Drug Courts Could Expand to Target Prison-Bound Adult Offenders,published in March 2009.

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