The overall aim of Recovery Court (formerly known as Drug Court) is to reduce drug abuse and drug related crimes within our community. More importantly, on the human side, Recovery Court gets support to individuals who need assistance with drug addiction. The program identifies and provides treatment programs rather than simple incarceration.
How Recovery Courts Are Effective
Across the nation Recovery Courts are becoming a focus in communities attempting to reduce the number of drug offenders and drug-related crimes. Since their inception in 1989, Recovery Courts have proven to reduce drug-related crimes, reduce the recidivism rate of drug offenders, and operate in a more cost effective manner than the traditional court system.
Recovery Court Challenges
Drug usage and the resultant crime is a significant problem within our society. The concept of Recovery Court, where individuals with addiction problems are managed, is proving to be an effective and cost-efficient practice. The greatest challenge facing Recovery Courts today is the lack of funding. While many Recovery Courts have received federal implementation grants many others struggle on minimal budgets despite their proven effectiveness. In areas with adequate funding, Recovery Courts are rapidly expanding into new arenas such as Juvenile and Family Recovery courts, Mental Health courts and DUI courts with excellent results
Benefits of Recovery Courts
Recovery Courts have provided clear benefits of reduced crime, reduced drug use and the rebuilding of broken families while also saving significant amounts of money. It is imperative that the community and the legislative bodies continue and expand their support in this unique and effective part of our criminal justice system.