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ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 24, 2004)—Two new studies published by the Drug Treatment Court Commission of Maryland (DTCC) illustrate the valuable benefits of drug treatment court programs. The studies, conducted by NPC Research in Portland, Ore., found that participants in the drug treatment court programs were less likely to be re-arrested compared to drug offenders who went through the normal judicial process. In addition, the studies documented significant cost savings when drug treatment court programs were utilized.
“The findings in these studies reiterate
a growing trend across the U.S.,” said Gray Barton, DTCC Executive Director.
“Drug treatment courts provide a more effective means of rehabilitating
drug users; they save taxpayers’ money, while showing a significant reduction
The separate studies compared participants in the 1997-1998 Anne Arundel Drug Court classes and the 2000 Baltimore City Drug Courts classes with samples of individuals with similar demographic characteristics and prior criminal records who did not enter drug court programs. Among the main issues studied were recidivism rates and financial benefits in the form of recidivism, victimization costs and post-program income taxes paid. Barton noted that the two studies should be viewed separately, given the vast differences between Anne Arundel and Baltimore City’s drug case types and their drug treatment court programs.
Results from the Anne Arundel Drug Treatment Court study showed:
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