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Expansion Drug Courts Can Produce Positive Outcomes Through Prison Diversion and Reduced Recidivism, Report No. 14-02, January 2014
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  • Overall, the eight expansion drug courts appear to divert non-violent offenders from prison, although participants’ sentencing scores and likelihood of imprisonment if they fail to complete the program vary among the courts.
  • Over half of participants successfully completed expansion drug court; however, several courts had low completion rates. Courts with higher completion rates had more drug treatment providers and residential treatment options as well as more interaction between judges and compliant participants.
  • The eight expansion drug courts expended almost $18 million in federal funds over 42 months. The courts spent most of the funds on providing treatment and drug testing, with the average cost per participant and per successful completion varying significantly. The cost differences can be primarily attributed to the use of some residential treatment options and to differences in the use of non-federal funds.
  • Overall, participants who successfully completed drug court had a reduced rate of recidivism as measured by felony convictions and short-term data on prison sentences.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

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

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-21 Expansion Drug Courts Serving More Prison-Bound Offenders, but Will Not Fully Expend Federal Funds,published in November 2011.
  • 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  • Report No. 10-39 Zero Tolerance Policy Rescinded and Alternatives Implemented to Address Technical Violations,published in April 2010.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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