Fact Sheet: Drug Courts: A Smart Approach to Criminal Justice   [open pdf - 699KB]

"Drug courts -- special courts that promote collaboration among the judiciary, community corrections agencies, drug treatment providers, and other community support groups -- have been in existence for more than 20 years, and their effectiveness is unquestioned. In times of serious budget cuts for State and local governments, drug courts are a smart, cost-effective investment because they help offenders on the road to recovery and reduce recidivism. They meet the public health and public safety needs of both the community and the drug-involved offender. President Obama's FY 2011 Budget requests approximately $114 million for drug courts and other problem-solving courts, demonstrating the Administration's support for increasing and enhancing access to substance use treatment. Drug courts, which combine escalating sanctions, mandatory and random drug testing, and aftercare, are a proven solution that reduces substance use, helps prevent crime, and maximizes limited financial resources. With more than 2,400 drug courts in operation today, approximately 120,000 Americans annually receive the help they need to break the cycle of addiction."

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