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Drug Court Essay

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Many individuals enter into Drug Court each year from different walks of life. Each year in July, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) request data from community corrections to review arrest of past Drug Court graduates. Through April 1996 to May 2011, data came available on 1,409 individuals who entered Drug Court. The average age of someone who received services through Drug Court was thirty-two-years-old while two thirds were under the age of thirty-five and a quarter of individuals were under the age of twenty-five (Norman, Gray and MacMaster). Drug Court has been shown to have a greater effect on relatively younger high-risk individuals, who were diagnosed ...view middle of the document...

The Criminal Justice System is a big business but the taxpayers are the ones paying for it. According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the cost savings of Drug Court ranges from $4,000.00 to $12,000.00 per every participant. Additionally for every dollar invested in Drug Court, the taxpayers are saving as much as $3.36 per day. If Drug Courts expanded to treat all offenders arrested for a risk of drug or alcohol abuse, the taxpayers would save a total of $32.3 billion a year (Huseman). The state of Tennessee calculated cost saving of an incarcerated offender compared to a participant in Drug Court and found surprising results. A day of services at Drug Court cost $48.00 per day while a day of state incarceration was $65.00. The average length of sentence for someone incarcerated was 2,301 days, which was at a total of $149,565.00 the taxpayers paid. One the other hand, for someone in Drug Court for an average of 492 days the total cost was $23,616.00, which was a total savings of $125,949.00 per person, or a total of $150,635,004.00 for 1,196 participates in the program (Norman, Gray and MacMaster). Additionally, Washington, DC found that one year of Drug Court cost $1,800.00 to $4,000.00 per participant compared to a year in jail at $20,000.00 (Notre Dame Law Review). Not only is Drug Court at a lower cost but there is less victimization and healthcare services which can save $27.00 for every dollar invested in Drug Court (National...

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