Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File

1—number of days since the Winston-Salem Journal reported that efforts are underway to start a drug treatment court in Forsyth County to deal with growing opioid epidemic  (“Efforts underway to start a drug treatment court in Forsyth to deal with heroin epidemic,” Winston-Salem Journal, February 27, 2017) 

22—number of years since drug treatment courts were created in North Carolina to divert non violent offenders to intensive treatment programs instead of prison (Ibid)

6—number of years since the Forsyth County drug court closed when the General Assembly ended state funding for the courts forcing half the courts to close and leaving the rest scrambling for other funding to survive  (Ibid)  

1,402—number of offenders served by the North Carolina Drug Treatment Courts when state funding was eliminated by the 2011 General Assembly (N.C. Drug Courts Fact Sheet, 2011)

5,000—amount in dollars of the maximum cost of drug treatment court per offender—cost ranges from $3,000 to $5,000. (Ibid)

23,000—amount in dollars minimum annual cost at the time to North Carolina Department of Correction of incarcerating drug offender (Ibid)

75—percent of drug court graduates who had not committed another offense two years after completing program (Ibid)

3.36—amount in dollars of criminal justice costs saved nationally for every investment of one dollar in drug treatment courts (Ibid)

35—percent age by which studies show that drug treatment court reduces crime more than any other sentencing option for drug offenders (Ibid)

0—amount in dollars of funding provided by 2011 General Assembly for N.C. Drug Courts in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 budgets (Ibid)

4—number of years since former Gov. Pat McCrory recommended reinstating state funding for drug courts in his 2013 budget recommendations (Gov. McCrory budget recommendations 2013-2015)

0—amount in dollars that lawmakers appropriated for drug courts from 2013—2017 (N.C. General Assembly)

369—number of people in North Carolina who died from heroin overdoses in 2014 “(Efforts underway to start a drug treatment court in Forsyth to deal with heroin epidemic,” Winston-Salem Journal, February 27, 2017)

46—percentage increase in the number of people who died from heroin overdoses from 2014 to 2015 (Ibid)