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Recovery Courts are the most effective justice intervention for treating drug-addicted people. Recovery Courts reduce drug use. Recovery Courts reduce crime. Recovery Courts save money. Recovery Courts restore lives. Recovery Courts save children and reunite families.

Recovery Courts Reduce Crime

Nationwide, 75% of Recovery Court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program.

The most rigorous and conservative scientific “meta-analyses” have all concluded that Recovery Courts significantly reduce crime as much as 45% more than other sentencing options.

Recovery Courts Save Money

Nationwide, for every $1.00 invested in Recovery Court, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs alone.

When considering other cost offsets such as savings from reduced victimization and healthcare service utilization, studies have shown benefits range up to $27 for every $1 invested.

Recovery Courts produce cost savings ranging from $3,000 to $13,000 per client. These cost savings reflect reduced prison costs, reduced revolving-door arrests and trials, and reduced victimization.
In 2007, for every Federal dollar invested in Recovery Court, $9.00 was leveraged in state funding.

Recovery Courts Ensure Compliance

Unless substance abusing/addicted offenders are regularly supervised by a judge and held accountable, 70% drop out of treatment prematurely.

Recovery Courts provide more comprehensive and closer supervision than other community-based supervision programs.

Recovery Courts are six times more likely to keep offenders in treatment long enough for them to get better.

Recovery Courts Combat Meth Addiction

For methamphetamine-addicted people, Recovery Courts increase treatment program graduation rates by nearly 80%.

When compared to eight other programs, Recovery Courts quadrupled the length of abstinence from methamphetamine.

Recovery Courts reduce methamphetamine use by more than 50% compared to outpatient treatment alone.

Recovery Courts Restore Families

Parents in Family Recovery Courts are twice as likely to go to treatment and complete it.

Children of Family Recovery Court participants spend significantly less time in out-of-home placements such as foster care.

Family re-unification rates are 50% higher for Family Drug Court participants.




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