Monday, October 12, 2009

Do Drug Courts Really Work?

Several Wisconsin counties now offer Drug Courts as an alternative to jail or prison time for offenders addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. According to an article by Katherine Vinehout in today's Tomah Journal,, The cost per year for an individual in drug court is about $7,500 compared to $28,000 in a Wisconsin prison or $14,000 in a county jail.

Drug court provides long term treatment and court supervision while the individual remains in the community with their family. According to Vinehout, a study by the Michigan Supreme Court in 2007 revealed that "offenders sentenced to traditional probation were 19 times more likely to be re-arrested for drunk driving than a drug court participant."

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