Process & Outcomes Report
The Council of Accountability Court Judges (CACJ), is pleased to share a publication prepared by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Both publications highlight the significant accomplishments of accountability courts across the state of Georgia.
The Processes and Outcomes publication is the result of many state and local partners’ collaborative efforts to showcase the benefits of accountability courts in criminal justice reform, and the impact the programs have achieved so far.
Results from recent recidivism studies are promising. More specifically, any amount of participation in an accountability court, regardless of completion, leads to lower recidivism. In addition to breaking the cycle of addiction and mental illness, thus lowering recidivism and prison costs, accountability courts save almost $5,000 per participant over traditional adjudication and incarceration.