Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska


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From March 2010 through December 2011, the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center conducted an evaluation of Nebraska’s problem solving courts. Main findings include the following:

  • Nebraska’s problem solving courts are effectively operated, following the ten key components for drug courts, thereby reducing crime and addiction and improving the lives of participants
  • Graduation rates for Nebraska drug courts match or exceed national drug court rates
  • Costs for Nebraska programs are comparable to costs for drug courts across the country
  • Nebraska drug court programs are cost efficient, saving between $2,609,235 and $9,722,920 in tax dollars per year
  • Problem solving courts in Nebraska are serving moderate to high need offenders, the type of offenders most appropriate for drug court services
  • Nebraska drug courts are serving a diversity of offenders, with few disparities based on race, ethnicity, and gender
  • Education and employment skills are emphasized in problem solving courts, which lead to successful outcomes for participants