According to an article provided by Law Offices of John W. Tumelty:
At present, drug court is a voluntary option. Recently, though, a new law was approved and signed by the Governor of New Jersey that provides for mandatory sentencing to drug court for nonviolent drug offenders. The law will be phased in, a few counties at a time, over five years, with annual evaluations of the program’s effectiveness. The government will evaluate repeat offense rates and costs, and compare statistics for counties where mandatory drug court has been phased in with those where it has not…
New Jersey’s drug courts appear to work. Among drug offenders who finished a drug court program instead of going to prison, only 16 percent were arrested again in the following three years, and only eight percent were convicted again. In contrast, for those who went the traditional route and served jail time, 54 percent of drug offenders were arrested again within three years of their release from prison, and 43 percent were convicted of drug charges again.
If you face drug crime charges, an attorney can provide more information about the drug court option and will work vigorously to protect your rights.
For full article see: Mandatory Drug Court to Become the Law in New Jersey – US Politics Today by the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty, www.johntumeltylaw.com.
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