TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 10, 2019

Studies show that drug courts are more effective and cheaper than state prisons, but Nashville Judge Jennifer L. Smith reports she is facing funding woes that are shrinking the local program, according to the Tennessean. The number of drug court residents has dropped from more than 100 to about 70 in the past few years as Davidson County fines and forfeitures, which are a significant source of income for the court, also have dropped. Smith says so far she has secured $50,000 from the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and has asked the state Department of Correction to increase its funding level.