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Can Drug Addicts Have Access to Drug Courts in Massachusetts?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Friday, 04, September 2020

The drug courts in Massachusetts provide intensive supervised probation and mandatory treatment. These courts also administer random drug testing with all the progress monitored by a supervising probation officer. Drug courts in the state work with treatment providers, who offer clinical assessments, monitor treatment placements, case management, and outreach services. There are 25 drug courts in Massachusetts for adults, and the District Court operates 21 drug courts, while the Boston Municipal Court holds four drug court sessions. Drug courts are an excellent way for addicts who are caught up in the criminal justice system to have an opportunity to treat their addiction. For too many addicts it becomes an endless cycle of crime and addiction, which is one they are unable to get out of.

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According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), 75% of the drug court graduates in the nation remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program. The reduction in crime because of drug courts lasts three years and can endure for over 14 years. Drug courts reduce crime by as much as 45%, which is significant in states where crime and addiction are on-going problems. Financially, drug courts help states save money, and for every dollar invested into a drug court, the American taxpayer saves $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs. If you are caught up in the criminal justice system in Massachusetts and have access to a drug court, this is a good option to consider with your lawyer.

The success of a drug court happens because they ensure compliance. Offenders are regularly supervised by a judge and are held accountable. If the offender is not held accountable by a third party, there is a 70% drop out rate from treatment. Drug courts provide more comprehensive and close supervision. These courts are six times more likely to keep offenders in treatment long enough for them to overcome their addiction.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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