Aim of Drug Court
The overall aim of Drug Court is to reduce drug abuse and drug related crimes within our community. More importantly, on the human side, Drug Court gets support to individuals who need assistance with drug addiction. The program identifies and provides treatment programs rather than simple incarceration.
How Drug Courts Are Effective
Across the nation Drug Courts are becoming a focus in communities attempting to reduce the number of drug offenders and drug-related crimes. Since their inception in 1989, Drug Courts have proven to reduce drug-related crimes, reduce the recidivism rate of drug offenders, and operate in a more cost effective manner than the traditional court system.
Drug Court Challenges
Drug usage and the resultant crime is a significant problem within our society. The concept of Drug Court, where individuals with addiction problems are managed, is proving to be an effective and cost-efficient practice. The greatest challenge facing Drug Courts today is the lack of funding. While many Drug Courts have received federal implementation grants many others struggle on minimal budgets despite their proven effectiveness. In areas with adequate funding, Drug Courts are rapidly expanding into new arenas such as Juvenile and Family drug courts, Mental Health courts and DUI courts with excellent results
Benefits of Drug Courts
Drug Courts have provided clear benefits of reduced crime, reduced drug use and the rebuilding of broken families while also saving significant amounts of money. It is imperative that the community and the legislative bodies continue and expand their support in this unique and effective part of our criminal justice system.