Since 2001, 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 more than 1,000 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.
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