Since the mid-1980s, court dockets across the nation have become overloaded with drug cases and drug-involved offenders. While incarceration removes individuals from their drug-abusing lifestyles for a period of time, addicts who don't receive treatment, education and life-skills training often return to the same cycle of drug use and criminal activity.
Drug Court helps combat those problems through a supervised program that successfully combines a strong treatment component with the legal weight of law enforcement.
Substance abuse treatment reduces both addiction and drug-related crime. In addition, Drug Court provides alternative services for about 25 percent of the cost of incarceration.
Drug Court by the Numbers
Statistics as of June 30, 2008
84 judges are conducting Drug Court programs.
2,626 participants have graduated from Kentucky Drug Court.
$829,945 in child support has been collected over the last three years.
Since the program’s inception, participants have paid $2,944,933 in child support, fines, fees and restitution.
20.2 percent of Drug Court graduates were convicted of a new felony in the two years after they graduated, versus a 57.3 percent felony conviction rate for those who did not participate in Drug Court, but were on probation for offenses similar to those committed by Drug Court participants.