Drug Courts and Recidivism
138). In 1994 alone drug trafficking and conviction accounted for 31.4% of felony convictions nationwide (12.5% for possession and 19% for trafficking). Further, between 1980 and 1989 arrest for drug offenses rose 134% (Armstrong 2003, p. 140). Frustrated with the inability to control the seemingly unstoppable drug trade and increased, repeated drug abuse, the Chief Justice of the 11th Judicial Circuit in mid 1989 set in motion a series of events that would revolutionize the methodology used by the courts to deal with the drug problem within the United States.