As noted in the Chief Justice’s 2013 State of the Judiciary this month, Nebraska’s Problem-Solving Courts have completed a statewide evaluation and new Strategic Plan. Both reports are now available on the Judicial Branch website via the ‘Publications and Reports’ tab under ‘Administration’ (http://supremecourt.ne.gov/publications-and-reports).
The 3-year statewide evaluation of Nebraska’s drug courts was conducted by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. The evaluation confirmed several areas of success, including:
- Nebraska drug courts match or exceed national drug court participant graduation rates and boast lower rates of recidivism;
- Nebraska drug court programs are cost-efficient and comparable in cost to drug courts across the nation; and,
- Nebraska drug courts are becoming increasingly available.
Following completion of the evaluation, the Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts, under the leadership of Judge James Doyle of Lexington, created a 5-year Strategic Plan (2012 – 2017).
Statewide Director for Problem-Solving Courts, Scott Carlson, plans to review a schematic and project timelines with Drug Court coordinators at their February 6, 2013 committee meeting in Grand Island.
According to Chief Justice Heavican, “For too many Nebraska offenders, crime and drug addictions are intertwined. We now have 25 drug courts in operation across the State. This year, for the first time, we anticipate drug courts will be available in all 12 judicial districts when the 5th Judicial District in east-central Nebraska opens its first drug court.”
To learn more about Nebraska’s Drug Courts: www.drugcourts.ne.gov