Today the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on drug courts, which may get some more media attention because actor Martin Sheen (famous as ex-West Wing president Josiah Bartlett and real-life father of Charlie Sheen) was on hand to testify. He's a big supporter of this alternative to incarceration, which now exists in some form in all 50 states.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Along with the hearing, the Center for Court Innovation just released this interesting study on drug courts and their effectiveness. Among other things, the report finds that drug courts reduce drug relapses and crime and benefit virtually any type of offender.
Not everyone is a fan of drug courts, but I do think it's interesting to compare them with mandatory, one-size-fits-all prison sentences -- which haven't been proven to reduce drug use or crime, despite 25 years of effort.