Drug Courts and Pre-Trial Diversion

Drug Courts and Pre-Trial Diversion

Testimony before the U.S. House Domestic Policy Subcommittee
August 5, 2010

Expanding drug courts to all 1.5 million drug-involved offenders would cost more than $13 billion annually, but would return more than $40 billion in benefits, John Roman told a House of Representatives subcommittee. The criminal justice system can maximize the use of drug courts without adding billions in new costs by calling on less expensive strategies, such as Hawaii's Project HOPE, to identify defendants who can be encouraged to desist from offending, allowing drug courts to focus on those who cannot.

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