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Post Adjudicatory Expansion Drug Courts

Getting tough on substance abuse and smart on crime.


Prison populations have exploded with non-violent felony offenders whose crimes are related to their substance abuse and addiction. Sending these people to prison is costly, and does nothing to help them deal with their substance abuse disorder. As a result, 75% of these people will simply find themselves back in prison within a few years of release. Alternatively, 80% of people who graduate from a drug court are less likely to go to prison. Drug courts are tough on substance abuse, smart on crime, and much less expensive than incarceration, reduce recidivism, and save lives.

Florida's Adult Post-Adjudicatory Drug Court Expansion Program deals with the underlying problem of substance abuse and addiction. In 2009 the Florida Legislature appropriated Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) stimulus funding to the Office of the State Courts Administrator to expand adult post-adjudicatory drug courts to target offenders who would otherwise have been sent to prison.

Expansion drug court costs currently average $19.36 per person per day. According to The Department of Corrections' 2012-2013 Agency Statistics, housing offenders in prison costs $47.50 per person per day. As of July 7, 2014, there have been 2,672 admissions statewide since the inception of the program in October 2009, including 994 successful completions, 1,107 unsuccessful terminations, and 52 administrative discharges. Most drug courts take 12-18 months to complete.

This program was previously funded by a federal grant, which expired on June 30, 2013. The State is funding the program with recurring dollars beginning July 1, 2014.

Click here to download the Program Facts Sheet for July 2014.