Drug Court Programs and the 24/7 Program

The 24/7 model can be a key component for drug courts and dui courts. Drug and DUI Courts are courts that deal with offenders that have a demonstrated drug or alcohol dependency and have a history in the criminal justice system. Escalating sanctions and treatment protocols help substance-abusing offenders break the cycle of addiction and crime. 24/7 testing can help courts meet those goals. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals designed the components of drug courts (noted below) with models that can be adapted to fit the specific needs of the community.

How does 24/7 fit? The 24/7 program provides and supports the testing for alcohol and/or drugs and the client management software helps to track, control, and disseminate all the testing information to interested parties.  A 24/7 program can be used in conjunction with Drug Courts to both perform a managed drug or alcohol monitoring service and identify Participants that need the more intense supervision offered by Drug Courts.  24/7 programs can help drug courts better focus their resources on the  individuals that require their services.

The 10 Key Components

  1. Drug Courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing.
  2. Using a non-adversarial approach, prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants’ due process rights.
  3. Eligible participants are identified early and promptly placed in the Drug Court program.
  4. Drug Courts provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug and other related treatment and rehabilitation services.
  5. Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing (24/7 testing program).
  6. A coordinated strategy governs Drug Court responses to participants compliance.
  7. Ongoing judicial interaction with each Drug Court participant is essential.
  8. Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness.
  9. Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective Drug Court planning, implementation, and operations.
  10. Forging partnerships among Drug Courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances Drug Court effectiveness.

There are currently more than 2,400 Drug Courts operating throughout the United States.

Recidivism Rates

Recidivism rates for offenders who have graduated from Drug Courts have been consistently proven to be lower than recidivism rates of offenders who did not take part in a Drug Court program.

Cost benefit

In line with their demonstrated effects on crime, Drug Courts have proven to be highly cost-effective. Several recent studies have computed the average cost savings per participant. Results revealed average cost savings ranging from nearly $3,000 to over $12,000 per client annual savings. Overall, it is estimated that the current adult Drug Court treatment program produces about $2.21 in benefit for every $1 in costs, for a net benefit to society of about $624 million.

NADCP (source)

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 to reduce the negative social impact of substance abuse, crime and recidivism. The NADCP advocates for the establishment, growth and funding of Drug Courts and provides for the collection and dissemination of information.