TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A legislative report says an expanded drug court program in eight Florida counties will fall well short of saving the state $95 million in prison costs unless changes are made.
The Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability said in the report Friday that only 36 percent of the predicted number of drug violators are going through the diversion program.
It suggests changes in eligibility criteria so more prison-bound offenders would qualify.
Other options are to add more counties, limit participation only to prison-bound offenders or spend part of a $19 million, two-year federal grant for the drug courts on other diversion programs.
Money not spent will go back to the federal treasury.