Drug courts were designed to stop the cycle of crime and prison by directing repeat offenders toward treatment programs instead of lengthy prison sentences. But several Virginia lawmakers are now moving to erase funding for the state’s drug courts, arguing they’re too costly during lean economic times. Join Kojo as we explore the history and debate over drug courts.


  • Caroline Cooper Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Drug Court Clearinghouse and Technical Assistance Project at American University
  • Bob Gibson Reporter, Charlottesville Daily Progress

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