Without Changes, Expansion Drug Courts Unlikely to Realize Expected Cost Savings
Report 10-54, October 2010
- The 2009 Legislature appropriated $19 million in federal funds to establish eight post-adjudicatory drug courts. The drug courts were expected to divert offenders from prison and thereby reduce corrections costs by an estimated $95 million.
- The drug courts are generally meeting standards for their operation. However, they are unlikely to generate the expected cost savings for several reasons. Initial admissions targets overestimated the potential population of offenders who would qualify for the programs and strict eligibility criteria limited admissions. Some programs also appear to be serving offenders who would be unlikely to be sentenced to prison in the absence of drug court.
- The Legislature may wish to consider four options to address these problems. It could modify drug court criteria to serve more prison-bound offenders, include additional counties in the program, require the courts to serve predominantly prison-bound offenders, and/or shift federal funds to other prison diversion programs.
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