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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.