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.
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.