Mo. chief justice touts 20 years of drug courts

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm •  Published: January 23, 2013

Teitelman said more than half of those who enter the treatment courts successfully complete the programs. The judicial report said 7.1 percent of adults who complete drug court programs commit additional crimes within the next 30 months, about half the 15 percent recidivism rate for those who do not go through the programs. The recidivism rate for adults who complete DWI court programs is 6.1 percent, compared to 18 percent recidivism rate for those who do not go through the programs.

Teitelman, who is legally blind, also used the State of the Judiciary speech to highlight the successes of racial minorities and the blind and praised a constitution project for high school students in rural Texas County, Mo. He said the Supreme Court is working to provide closed-captioning services for its oral arguments that are streamed over the Internet, so those who are have difficulty hearing can follow along. The court will be providing informational brochures in Braille and via audio files for the blind, he said.

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