Studies show area drug court programs save money and reduce recidivism

February 25, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Drug courts successfully treat drug users, reduce criminal recidivism and save money, according to studies of two Maryland drug courts released yesterday.

The studies, by Oregon-based NPC Research, looked at drug courts in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County, two of the longest-established of Maryland's 11 drug courts.

The studies were released as the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. looks to divert more drug users into treatment instead of jail, and as Maryland's judiciary is planning to add 10 more around the state.

Among the findings: During the three years studied in Baltimore, offenders who participated were rearrested nearly one-third fewer times than those who did not participate.

In Anne Arundel County, the studies found benefits on every dollar spent on participants in drug court over four years.

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