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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/14/AR2009041401775.html
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Drug courts offer nonviolent offenders the option of undergoing rigorous substance-abuse treatment and criminal rehabilitation or going to jail. There are more than 2,000 such courts in operation, mostly in cities with large black communities ravaged by violence associated with crack cocaine.

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http://www.startribune.com/local/west/41746662.html?elr=KArks:DCiUHc3E7_V_nDaycUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUr
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Hennepin County's DWI Court, which boasts a repeat offender rate far below the state average, is winning praise from a leading force against drunken driving.

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http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/the-platform/published-editorials/2009/03/drying-out-drunk-drivers/
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There is a better way. Some courts in Missouri have created special DWI courts. They are based on the premise that routine punishment, even serious jail time, does little to keep repeat drunken drivers off the road. Protecting the public requires that these cases be treated differently.