Join Together recently reported that "an 80-percent reduction in prison addiction-treatment capacity could lead to a proportional increase in recidivism in California." As California prisons cut substance abuse programming to meet budget shortfalls, collaborative courts will become more critical mechanisms to reduce recidivism at the local level. Collaborative courts seek to address the root causes of criminal behavior through a combination of judicial supervision and the provision of treatment and social services.
Participation in San Francisco's Drug Court, one of the County's four adult collaborative courts, is associated with significant decreases in recidivism. Participants entering Drug Court in 2003 experienced a 37% decrease in arrests in the three years after entering the program. Graduates experienced a staggering 73% decrease in recidivism.
Prison Treatment Cuts Could Feed Recidivism in Calif.