Tulsa County continues to operate the largest Drug Court in the state. Following Tulsa’s example, Oklahoma County has now implemented a specialized DUI Court. Offering court-supervised treatment as an alternative to incarceration in selected non-violent felony offenses can result in addressing addictions and improving lives, preventing repeat offenses, and saving public funds that would have gone to the prison system.
The program’s diversion of 850 defendants from the Oklahoma prison system is estimated to save over $13,446,000, using a $17,000 (medium security) per year incarceration cost model.Training for treatment professionals and court partner agencies has been enhanced, with the goal of improving participant retention, treatment outcomes and graduation rates.
On Jan. 27 and Apr. 28, Tulsa COURTS program had 75 and 79 program graduates respectively – the largest graduating classes the program has seen since its inception in 2001. A total of 127 graduates represented the Drug/DUI docket at January and April’s graduation ceremonies. Congratulations Graduates!
160 participants graduated from our program in 2016. Graduates completed all court requirements, treatment requirements, maintained stable employment and housing, and had a substantial period of sobriety prior to graduation. Many of the graduates had their criminal charges dismissed as a result of completing the program.
In December 2016, the Tulsa COURTS Program and our partner agencies hosted a Winter Bash for all current participants, their families, and our program alumni. Food, activities, games, and half-hour drawings made it a memorable, celebratory event that was conducted in a safe and sober way.
In November 2016, CSC’s Tulsa COURTS Team members stood in the shoes of our program participants to learn what it takes for them to meet our requirements, in that many rely on the Tulsa Transit system to get to treatment, court, the lab, and supervision appointments. Team members took public transit to these locations, and debriefed afterward on the experience, leading to new ways to support participants in navigating the transit system, and creating a a deeper understanding of the realities that our participants face daily
In November 2016, Tulsa COURTS Program initiated a Perishable Food Distribution Day for program participants to receive a free bag of fruit, vegetables and bread. This service is now offered twice a month.
50 participants graduated from Drug/DUI/Veterans Treatment Court on July 29, 2016. The standing-room-only event held at OSU-Tulsa was featured on Oklahoma’s Own NewsOn6. More >
As an alternative to incarceration, CSC’s COURTS Treatment Programs are a minimum of 18 months, requiring participants to attend regular court appearances, treatment appointments, supervision visits and random drug testing. Graduates also have opportunities to further their education, return to the workforce, or advance their career during their time in the program.
The Drug/DUI Courts Program aims to reduce incarcerations in Oklahoma and keep people out of prison and on the path to recovery and employment, an essential element to saving resources and increasing opportunities for success. Oklahoma has the third highest incarceration rate in the nation. Statics show that 95% of people in prison will be released, but only 1 in 3 will be arrest-free three years later, creating a cycle of incarceration that costs the state in both dollars and community safety. We focus on reducing incarcerations because this current level of incarceration has a significant impact on our entire community.
Top: 65 participants graduate from CSC’s COURTS program in Jan. 2016; Bottom: 79 participants graduate in Apr. 2017