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NCJ Number: 183233 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Cost Off-Sets in a Drug Court Setting
Journal: National Drug Court Institute Review  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:Winter 1999  Pages:59-91
Author(s): Michael W. Finigan Ph.D.
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 33
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the cost analysis of the Multnomah County STOP Drug Court Diversion Program (Multnomah County, OR).
Abstract: The article summarizes: (1) the Multnomah County program’s look at whether drug courts actually result in a cost savings to taxpayers; (2) costs used in calculating taxpayer savings; (3) estimated cost avoidance to the county’s criminal justice system for each cohort of drug court participants in the 2 years after their program participation; (4) estimated cost avoidance to the Oregon taxpaying citizen for each cohort of drug court participants in the 2 years after their program participation; and (5) estimated cost avoidance to the County criminal justice system if the program were expanded to include an additional 200 clients. Two caveats to this cost analysis should be noted. First, some of the avoided system costs (e.g., jail space costs) are costs that a system may choose not to avoid. Second, because of research resource limits, these are cost estimates based on a “broad brush.” Nonetheless, these data provide policy makers general estimates of avoided costs that can help in planning program expansion or reallocation of resources. Notes, tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Corrections; Cost effectiveness analysis; Court social services; Criminal justice research; Data analysis; Drug Courts; Drug treatment programs; Oregon; Research uses in policymaking
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