California judges say endangered drug courts work

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Drug courts save California $18 million each year and dramatically cut repeat criminality, says a committee of the state's judicial leaders. With the courts' future clouded by the state budget crisis, judges hope that the report will boost chances that the popular program in 157 courthouses will be spared, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gov. Gray Davis is seeking to have the courts funded by counties--a budget source the judges say is unstable. The state now provides about $12 million each year to 47 counties to run drug courts, which handled about 16,000 offenders statewide last . . .

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