AG: Rocket Docket Initiative saves $2.8M in 3 months


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Attorney General, along with members of the Prosecutors Advisory Council (PAC) announced on Wednesday that the Rocket Docket Initiative has saved taxpayers an estimated $2.8 million in local jail costs from August 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015.

In 2015, PAC received $1 million in funding to implement, expand, or enhance rocket docket programs throughout the Commonwealth.  Rocket dockets expedite low-level drug cases through the judicial system, and helps identify defendants who would benefit from drug treatment.

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PAC funded 28 programs and collected data to measure their success.  They say the savings over the three-month period are more than twice the amount of funding the initiative received for the entire fiscal year.  The projected estimated savings for the current fiscal year is $11 million.

In addition to the $2.8 million in incarceration savings during the first three months of implementation, 1,472 cases were completed or were pending in PAC-funded rocket dockets.  The initiative has also placed 361 defendants in drug treatment.