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Dennis Daugaard on Drugs

 

 


More funding for drug courts; a bargain compared to prison

South Dakota has fewer drug courts than any other state in the country, but the drug courts we do have produce impressive results. Fewer than 20% of the graduates of South Dakota drug courts and DUI courts over the last five years have committed new felonies. That is a remarkable success rate, because these offenders are repeat offenders. They are not first-time law-breakers who simply need a wake-up call. These are usually people with serious addictions to drugs or alcohol who have committed a number of crimes in recent years. Getting 80% of them back on the right track is a real success, and my budget contains funding for expansions of two existing alternative courts and adds two more. Drug and DUI courts may be expensive compared to routine probation, but they are a bargain compared to the costs of imprisonment. By holding offenders more accountable and by giving them one more chance to avoid prison, alternative courts are changing behavior and improving public safety.
Source: South Dakota 2013 State of the State Address , Jan 8, 2013

Swift and certain sanctions for drug addicts

Hawaii's HOPE program is a lot like our 24/7 program, but it works with those abusing drugs, rather than alcohol. The system works because of swift and certain sanctions. Each morning, participating offenders must call into an automated drug testing hotline, which will inform them whether or not they have been selected that day to come in for a drug test. Failing to show for their drug test will trigger automatic jail time. Failing the drug test will trigger automatic jail time. Hawaii has used the HOPE program on hundreds of meth addicts, and offenders in HOPE have been 55% less likely to be arrested for a new crime. They are 72% less likely to use drugs. Here in South Dakota, we would like to begin this program with one urban pilot project and one rural pilot project. If these pilots are successful, we can implement the program statewide.
Source: South Dakota 2013 State of the State Address , Jan 8, 2013

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