Most people acknowledge that mental illness and drug addiction are common precursors to criminal behavior. Individuals who suffer from an undiagnosed and/or untreated mental illness often try to “self-medicate.” Drug addicts who run out of legitimate sources of money to pay for their drug habit will often turn to crime as a source of money. Many of these individuals eventually end up serving lengthy sentences in a state or federal prison. Topics covered in this report include: How Serious Is the Problem? What Are Problem-Solving Courts What Types of Treatment Courts Are Available? Who Is Eligible for a Problem-Solving Court?
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