IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Drug Courts - Facts and Figures
As of December 31, 2011, there were nearly 2,600 drug courts operating throughout the U.S. (data retrieved from Drug Courts, March 2014):
- Adult drug courts – 1,435
- Juvenile drug courts – 458
- Family drug courts – 329
- Tribal drug courts – 79
- Designated DUI courts – 192
- Campus drug courts – 5
- Reentry drug courts – 31
- Federal reentry drug courts – 46
- Veterans drug courts – 95
- Co-occurring disorder courts – 20
See the Drug Courts section of the National Institute of Justice site to learn more.
Results from NIJ's Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation found:
- Participants reported less criminal activity (40% vs. 53%) and had fewer rearrests (52% vs. 62%) than comparable offenders.
- Participants reported less drug use (56% vs. 76%) and were less likely to test positive (29% vs. 46%) than comparable offenders.
- Treatment investment costs were higher for participants, but with less recidivism, drug courts saved an average of $5,680 to $6,208 per offender overall.
Learn more about the Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation