New Report Shows Specialty Courts Reduce Crime, Solve Problems Without Incarceration
- School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Child Welfare Crossover
- Mental Health
- Juvenile Defense
- Juvenile Competency
- In-Home Care Incentive
- PREA, Isolation, Restraint
- Youth in Adult System
- Juvenile Life Without Parole
- Youth Reentry
Individuals who graduate from veterans, mental health, drug, and sobriety courts are much less likely to re-offend, according to a recently released report by the Michigan Supreme Court. These “specialty courts” divert non-violent offenders into “problem-solving” programs that address their individualized treatment needs, providing the participants with an opportunity to turn their lives around without the use of costly incarceration.
Some of report highlights include:
- Drug court graduates (of any type) were 56% less likely to be convicted of a new offense 2 years after program admission;
- Mental health court participants were 63% less likely to reoffend after 2 years, with an overwhelming of amount of program graduates (98%) experiencing improvement to their mental health;
- 97% of youth participating in juvenile drug courts improved their education level, suggesting that they progressed to the next grade;
- 52% of juvenile drug court graduates saw an improvement to their employment status.
Michigan has over 160 specialty courts that are available to 97% of the state’s residents. Read the Michigan Supreme Court’s report by clicking here.