Cost-Benefit Analysis of Adult Drug Courts

Source: Iowa Legislative Services Agency (LSA), Fiscal Services Division, Issue Review, December 20, 2013

This Issue Review provides a summary of national and Iowa research on the effectiveness of Adult Drug Courts, an overview of these programs currently operating in Iowa, including a description of offenders served and funding mechanisms, an analysis of the costs and benefits of the Adult Drug Courts operated by Community-Based Corrections, and the estimated need for funding. … The DOC issued a report in May 2012, Return on Investment: Evidence-Based Options to Improve Outcomes. The report reviews Adult Drug Courts that use the judicial model and indicates these have a positive return on investment; every $1.00 spent on the program returns a $9.61 benefit over a ten year time frame. These calculations are in 2011 dollars and are based on high risk offenders being diverted from prison. …