Drug courts can save money by reducing crime and the money spent on resources for individuals charged and convicted of crimes. Rehabilitated offenders are less likely to re-offend, which saves money that would be spent prosecuting such crimes, as well as costs of incarceration.
A drug court is a specialized docket designed to handle cases involving drug-addicted offenders. Individuals that are drug-addicted qualify for the program. Their offenses may directly involve drugs or may be indirectly involved with drugs. The direct offenses include possession of drugs and low-level drug trafficking offenses. Indirect offenses include theft and forgery. Many individuals disqualify themselves by failing to acknowledge the first step to recovery: admitting you have a problem. Often, when asked if they have a problem with drugs or alcohol, they tell drug counselors, drug assessors, probation officers and judges that they do not have a problem. These same individuals may consume over 25 drinks per week, may use marijuana daily or may have lost jobs, marriages, or even their children due to their own use of drugs or alcohol. Because drug addiction is a requirement for the program, their admission to the program, including its many benefits, is denied. Those who admit they have a problem with drugs or alcohol stand a much better chance of admission to the program.