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1989 Drug Courts

1989 Drug Courts

Tired of seeing the same faces and the same cases reappearing before the court, a visionary group of justice professionals in Miami-Dade County, Florida, combines drug treatment with the structure and authority of the judicial system. The Miami-Dade Drug Court sparks a national revolution over how our justice system treats substance abuse. There are now more than 3,100 drug courts across the nation, and evaluations by NIJ and others show their effectiveness in reducing drug-related recidivism.

Learn More: Drug Courts Change Lives

Date Created: February 14, 2020