Problem-solving courts are innovative programs designed to address an offender's underlying problem. Trial Court Services staff facilitate efficient and comprehensive problem-solving court programs through training, education, planning, evaluation, monitoring, funding opportunities, technical assistance, and establishing operational standards and guidelines.
Recidivism Measures for Sobriety and Drug Courts
is a Recidivism Rate for a Sobriety and Drug Court?
is it Important to Measure Recidivism Rates for Sobriety and Drug Courts?
and drug court programs are aimed at breaking the cycle of addiction and crime
through intensive treatment and other services.
In turn, this reduces the chance that participants will reoffend, it
improves outcomes for individuals, families, and communities, and it generates
substantial savings for taxpayers. Data
shows, for each court type, whether graduates of sobriety and drug courts are
substantially less likely to commit another crime. See the annual report of Michigan’s
Problem-Solving Courts, Solving
Problems, Saving Lives
is the Rate of Recidivism Measured?
comparison group is developed by matching participants of a drug/sobriety court
to non-participant offenders that have similar criminal histories and
demographics. They are matched on
gender, age range, county, court, and offense category, and the number of court
cases in the two years prior to the potential comparison participant’s offense
must fall within the same range as the drug court participant. Only the pairs that are statistically
comparable are included in the analyses.
recidivism is measured within two years and four years from the time of
admission into a program, and for comparison members, within two and four years
from the time their matching offenses were opened in the court’s case
management system. Each participant and
comparison member must have had enough time to recidivate to be included in