Why Do We Need Drug Courts

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We have been fighting the war on drugs and drug abuse for many centuries. The war on drugs, has and would led to a long prison sentences for drug offenders, it is largely considered a massive failure that led or prison overcrowding without significantly changing drug abuse rate and mass incarceration rate. Our government looks for way to crack down on street crime, create anti-drug prevention programs to keep the rate down for current drug users by advocating drug court. Drug courts are judicially supervised court dockets that handle the case matters of non-violent substance-abuse, offenders under the adult, juvenile, family and tribal justice systems. Drug courts are problem-solving courts that specializes in models which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities work together to help non-violent offenders find restoration in recovery and become productive citizens. There are currently over 3,400 drug courts representing all fifty states and the District of Columbia,…show more content…
This court system quickly became a popular method for dealing with an ever-increasing number of drug offenders. In 1984 and 1999, the number of defendants charged with a drug offense in the Federal courts increased 3% annually, from 11,854 to 29,306. By 1999, there were 472 drug courts in the nation and by 2005 that number had increased to 1262 with another 575 drug courts in the planning stages; currently all 50 states have working drug courts. There are currently about 120,000 people treated annually in drug courts, though an estimated 1.5 million eligible people are currently before the (national institute of justice, 2015) . As of December 31, 2011 there are more than 2,600 drug courts operating throughout the United

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