Although the success of drug courts has been remarkable, the cost of implementing them is always a challenge. Placing offenders in treatment programs saves the cost of incarceration, but the treatment, usually a fraction of the cost of jail or prison, must be financed. For example, in California it costs approximately $26,000 to incarcerate one person for 1 year in the state prison system, while the cost of a year in a county jail varies between $12,500 and $40,000. Effective treatment for a year can cost as little as $3,000. Testing and supervision are critical elements of drug court, and each incurs a significant cost (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
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