Judge Peggy Hora, California Superior Court (Ret.) on
Drug Treatment Courts in the 21st Century
Drug treatment courts were developed in Florida in the early 1990s as an alternative to traditional criminal justice prosecution for drug-related offenses. These courts combine the close supervision of the judicial process with resources available through alcohol and drug treatment services. The two goals of these programs are to reduce recidivism of drug-related offenses and to create options within the criminal justice system that tailor effective and appropriate responses for offenders with drug problems. The courts have served as a catalyst to modify traditional treatment-delivery systems and design more effective interventions for this population.