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Understanding the benefits of drug courts

The state of Florida created the first drug court in 1989 to proactively address drug-related crimes. Today, there are 94 drug courts in the state, including specialized courts for veterans, children and family dependency courts. A 2009 study demonstrated that people who completed drug courts were 80 percent less likely to go back to prison than the comparison group who did not go through the drug court system. A 2014 outcome and cost study of the program completed by the Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability found that the estimated savings of drug courts through reduced recidivism is about $500,000. Successful drug court completers had fewer felony convictions and fewer prison sentences.

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