Drug Courts

Drug Courts & Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration

Faith-Based Drug Treatment Programs

Treatment options must be carefully considered by the courts. Various Federal court rulings have determined that offering only Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) programs, because of their religious basis, violates the establishment clause of the US Constitution. Ruling in the case of Kerr v. Farrey in the 7th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, Judge Diane P.

Drug Courts and Recidivism

"Likewise, in a study conducted by W. Clinton Terry, professor of criminal justice at Florida International University, no real differences were found between the recidivism rates of those who completed and those who dropped out of Broward County's Drug Court treatment program. Only a 4 percent difference in the number of felony rearrests and a 1 percent difference in the number of misdemeanor rearrests were found between the two groups."

Drug Court Participants by Race

"Caucasians and African-Americans were reported to be the most prevalent racial groups in Drug Courts (see Table 4). On average, Caucasians were reported to represent nearly two-thirds (62%) of Drug Court participants nationwide. However, there was considerable variability across jurisdictions. In some Drug Courts, nearly all of the participants were reported to be Caucasian, whereas in others, Caucasians were reported to be virtually absent.

Drug Courts and Crime Prevention

Drug Courts and Crime Prevention: "An individual who has an out-of-control addiction commits about 63 crimes a year. Assuming this could be reduced to 10 for someone who is in or has completed treatment, and multiplying it by the 200 offenders in Delaware's probation revocation track who comply with all requirements, a single drug court may prevent more than 10,000 crimes each year."