Mississippi Chief Justice: Drug Courts Are Successful

Speaking to a civil club last week, Mississippi Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. touted the success of drug courts in his state. Waller said that the drug court program saves taxpayers money and keeps some participants from going to jail. The extensive drug court program, which lasts three years and includes treatment, monitoring, and testing, requires earning a GED if the participant doesn’t have a high school diploma, holding down a job, and keeping up with child support payments if applicable. According to Waller, participation in drug court reduces recidivism rates from two-thirds to one-third. “The result of that is at the end of the period of time, you have a good citizen,” Waller said. “Not only are you not paying jail costs but when they get out they stay out of jail and become a regular member of society.”

Alex Brown