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Does Drug Court Work?

Preliminary data has been very favorable. An evaluation of the Miami Drug Court by the National Institute of Justice shows a 60 percent reduction in recidivism over a four-year period. An in-house evaluation of the Oakland Drug Court showed a 44 percent reduction in felony recidivism after three years. Other studies in Portland, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois have shown similar reductions in recidivism.

The recent CALDATA study showed a significant reduction in criminal activity during and after treatment (-20%), in drug sales (-61%) and the use of a weapon or physical force (-71%).

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