THE FACTS & IMPACT

"Substance abuse takes a significant toll on Texas families and taxpayers. Specialized Texas Drug Courts, like Legacy Family Court, are producing significant improvements in outcomes, with fewer re-arrests, fewer re-incarcerations, and lower costs."  
Texas Public Policy Foundation

The verdict is in drug courts have led and continue to lead change towards a more humane, cost effective justice system. Research demonstrates that drug courts provide a highly effective alternative to incarceration for individuals whose involvement in criminal justice system is rooted in a serious addiction to drugs and alcohol. 

The scientific community has put Drug Courts under a microscope and concluded that Drug Courts work. Better than jail or prison. Better than probation and treatment alone. Drug Courts significantly reduce drug use and crime and are more cost-effective than any other proven criminal justice strategy.

Drug Courts Reduce Crime
 
  • FACT: Nationwide, 75% of Drug Court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program.
     

  • FACT: Rigorous studies examining long-term outcomes of individual Drug Courts have found that reductions in crime last at least 3 years and can endure for over 14 years.
     

  • FACT: The most rigorous and conservative scientific “meta-analyses” have all concluded that Drug Courts significantly reduce crime as much as 45 percent more than other sentencing options.

Drug Courts Save Money
  • FACT: Nationwide, for every $1.00 invested in Drug Court, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs alone.
     

  • FACT: When considering other cost offsets such as savings from reduced victimization and healthcare service utilization, studies have shown benefits range up to $27 for every $1 invested.
     

  • FACT: Drug Courts produce cost savings ranging from $3,000 to $13,000 per client. These cost savings reflect reduced prison costs, reduced revolving-door arrests and trials, and reduced victimization.
     

  • FACT: In 2007, for every Federal dollar invested in Drug Court, $9.00 was leveraged in state funding.

Drug Courts Ensure Compliance 
 
 
  • FACT: Unless substance abusing/addicted offenders are regularly supervised by a judge and held accountable, 70% drop out of treatment prematurely.
     

  • FACT: Drug Courts provide more comprehensive and closer supervision than other community-based supervision programs.
     

  • FACT: Drug Courts are six times more likely to keep offenders in treatment long enough for them to get better.

Drug Courts Combat Addiction 
 
  • FACT: For methamphetamine-addicted people, Drug Courts increase treatment program graduation rates by nearly 80%.
     

  • FACT: When compared to eight other programs, Drug Courts quadrupled the length of abstinence from methamphetamine.
     

  • FACT: Drug Courts reduce methamphetamine use by more than 50% compared to outpatient treatment alone.

Drug Courts Restore Families  
 
  • FACT: Parents in Family Drug Court are twice as likely to go to treatment and complete it.
     

  • FACT: Children of Family Drug Court participants spend significantly less time in out-of-home placements such as foster care.
     

  • FACT: Family reunification rates are 50% higher for Family Drug Court participants.

Source: National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)