Lake County Leader Drug Court

It is campaign season, and I have heard some statements about the Lake County Drug Court that I wanted to correct.

Since 2013, the Lake County felony filings went from about 220 cases a year to 500-600 a year. The increase is due entirely to the drug epidemic and drug-related crimes. The old method of just sending people to prison was failing badly, at great human and financial cost. Putting someone in prison costs about $34,310 a year for men and $42,500 for women. Prison in-patient treatment programs cost a lot more. I estimate the recidivism rate was about 75 percent (defined as people who commit a new felony within two years of release).

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