IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Drug Courts - Facts and Figures

As of June 30, 2013, there were over 2,800 drug courts operating throughout the U.S., with more than half targeting adult offenders. The following breakdown highlights the types of drug courts in operation as of June 30, 2013 (Drug Courts, National Institute of Justice, retrieved September 2014):

  • Adult Drug Courts – 1,485
  • Juvenile Drug Courts – 447
  • Adult Drug/DWI – 422
  • Family – 311
  • DWI – 229
  • Veterans – 145
  • Tribal – 119
  • Co-occurring – 39
  • Reentry – 31
  • Federal Drug – 25
  • Campus – 5
  • Federal Veterans – 4 

See the Drug Courts section of the National Institute of Justice site to learn more.

Results from NIJ's Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation found:

  • Participants reported less criminal activity (40% vs. 53%) and had fewer rearrests (52% vs. 62%) than comparable offenders.
  • Participants reported less drug use (56% vs. 76%) and were less likely to test positive (29% vs. 46%) than comparable offenders.
  • Treatment investment costs were higher for participants, but with less recidivism, drug courts saved an average of $5,680 to $6,208 per offender overall.

Learn more about the Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation.