It's been 20 years since the first drug court was established in Miami as an innovative way of getting nonviolent offenders out of the criminal justice system and into court-supervised drug rehabilitation programs. Since then, more than 2,300 drug courts have blossomed around the country, credited with reducing crime and saving the cost of locking people up. Despite that success, the specialized courts remain available to less than 10 percent of the 1.2 million drug-addicted offenders.
Drug Courts Successful for Few Who Get In
The Associated Press
November 30, 2009