Treatment Court Facts/Statistics

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Problems Drug Courts Can Help Address

  • In 2005, Missouri led the nation with 2,252 meth-lab incidents.
  • There were 10,273 persons admitted into state prisons in fiscal 2006. Of these, 1,545 had drug convictions; 2,731 had served probation for a drug offense but had their probation revoked; 412 were convicted for DWI and 416 had been on probation for DWI but had their probation revoked (Source: Dept. of Corrections)
  • During fiscal 2005, there were 1,862 children removed from their homes, by the Division of Children’s Services, as a result of parental drug or alcohol use.  

Why Drug Courts?

  • They are a proven cost-effective method for diverting non-violent offenders from incarceration in prisons.
  • Drug courts lower the recidivism rate of offenders when compared to either incarceration or probation.
  • They allow offenders to remain in their communities, to support their families and to pay taxes.
  • Drug courts reduce the number of babies born addicted.
  • They reduce crime and the need for foster care, and they help ensure that child support payments are made.

Current Status of Drug Courts in Missouri

  • As of January 9, 2008, there were 108 operational drug court programs. Of these, 75 are adult programs, 19 are juvenile programs and 14 are family programs.
  • These programs have over 3,200 active participants.
  • Since their inception, Missouri drug courts have had nearly 6,000 graduates with a 10-percent recidivism rate.
  • Since drug courts began, 326 drug-free babies have been born to drug court participants.
  • The retention rate for all programs is 60 percent.
  • In fiscal 2008, the state’s drug court programs request more than $9.7 million in funding while the commission has $5 million to spend.

Return on Investment in Drug Courts

  • Incarceration: Potential incarceration cost savings or cost avoidance for 2,495 adult offenders diverted from state prisons is about $20.8million. Fiscal 2007 incarceration costs are $14,538 per year per person, and drug courts costs are $6,190 per year per person. 
  • Probation: Initially, drug courts are more expensive than regular probation. However, due to the higher recidivism rate for probation, savings result in the second year. Based on a city of St. Louis cost-benefit analysis, after two years, the state gains $2.80 for each $1 spent on drug courts. After four years, the state gains $6.32 for each $1 spent on drug courts.
  • Foster Care: Potential foster care savings for 284 family drug court participants are more than $2.3 million. Foster care costs $7,220 per year per child.
  • Youth Services: Potential youth services savings for 209 juvenile offenders are more than $8.6 million. Youth services cost $47,348 per year per youth.

Missouri’s Commitment to Drug Courts

  • Fiscal 2008 marks the 15th anniversary of drug courts in Missouri – the first drug court started in 1993 in Jackson County. Missouri is a national leader, with more drug courts per capita than any other state in the nation.
  • This growth was due in part to legislative adoption of drug courts with the 1998 passage of HB 1147, codified at section 478.001, RSMo. In 2001, the general assembly and the governor enacted HB 471, codified at section 478.009, RSMo, to help ensure the coordination and allocation of drug court funding through the creation of the Drug Courts Coordinating Commission and the Drug Court Resources Fund. 

Drug Courts in the Fiscal 2008

  • The general assembly approved requested positions for drug courts including 2 drug court commissioners (in the 22nd and 12th Judicial Circuits) and 5 drug court administrators (in the 1st, 7th, 12th, 20th, and 31st).

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Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson

MATCP Mourns
the Loss of
Ann Wilson


It is with greatest sadness that MATCP informs you of the passing of Ann Wilson.
Ann passed away on November 29, 2021. Ann was a treatment court legend and was instrumental of our work here in Missouri and on the national level with NADCP.
Ann will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her and her legacy will live on through our treatment court professionals and the individuals we serve.
Thank you Ann for all your dedication to the Treatment Courts–you will be missed.


Elizabeth Ann Wilson, age 66, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, November 29, 2021 at her home.

She was born on January 29, 1955 in Jefferson City, Mo. the daughter of Walter Bert and Mary Ruth (Rogers) Linebarger.

A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, Ann was a 1973 graduate of Jefferson City High School. After graduation, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lincoln University in 1982 and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri in 1986.

Ann worked for the State of Missouri for 31 years in many different roles. She worked for the Office of State Courts Administrator as the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinator from 1994 until 2008.

She was a Board Member of the Girl Scouts, Little Explorers Discovery Center (formerly JC Daycare) since 2008, MADCP from 2008-2013, and NADCP since 1995. Ann received many awards including the NADCP/NDCI Achievement Award in 2007, the Harold E. Hughes Service and Exceptional Rural Drug Court Award in 2007, the Claire McCaskill Award from MADCP in 2007, and the Stanley Goldstein Hall of Fame Award from the NADCP in 2008.

Ann loved to keep busy by getting lost in a good book. She had an adventurous and fun-loving spirit which lead her to travel four of the seven continents. She explored various destinations in Asia, Europe, Australia and of course, North America. She will be remembered for her giving heart and dedication to helping others. She was always there to lend a smile, her time, a friendly conversation, or just make family and friends feel special. Most of all, Ann loved spending time with those she loved, especially her grandchildren. She had a passion for life and always enjoyed every moment.

Survivors include: one daughter, Tabetha Wilson of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Sharon Bowie of Plano, Tx.; one brother, Walter “Wally” Linebarger of Jefferson City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Ana Thalia Gamboa, Allison Ann Theissen, and Emily Elizabeth Theissen; and one great-grandchild, Ta’Riya Thalia Moore.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be conducted on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in the Freeman Chapel. A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 6:00 p.m. for friends that are not able to attend by going to her memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Camp Hickory Hill or Little Explorers Discovery Center.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.


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