National Drug Court Month
May 2011

"Drug Courts: A Proven Budget Solution"

May 30, 2011

Graduates: Drug court changes lives - Bowling Green Daily News (KY)

Alcohol abuse helped drive Tina Anderson into amassing a criminal record, but Warren County Drug Court has given her a new lease on life.

A 45-year-old Bowling Green resident, Anderson was one of 37 people recognized Thursday during the drug court graduation ceremony at the Bowling Green Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 13.

Speaking during the ceremony, Anderson talked about how drug court gave her the structure she needed when she was ordered to enter the program in July 2009.

“This program is not an easy one,” Anderson said. “It demands rigorous honesty, it demands self-discipline and it demands being uncomfortable a whole lot.”

Warren County Circuit Judges John Grise (from left) and Steve Wilson laugh Thursday with Judy Reid (right) of Bowling Green during a speech by Bowling Green’s Tina Anderson during the Warren County Drug Court graduation ceremony at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 13. Pete Rodman/Daily News

Judge gives criminals hand up - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (IN)

Todd was instrumental in establishing the county’s drug court, where he learned the value of rewards and consequences through a program that ushers defendants toward sobriety and responsible living.

“It is apparent to me that some folks have not had many opportunities in life to hear they have done a good job,” Todd said. “It’s hard to keep yourself motivated through life if you don’t get any pats on the back.”

But it’s not easy to encourage criminals who seem doomed to fail, to relapse into illegal activities, over and over again.

Tazewell County's first drug court in session - Pekin Daily Times (IL)

Borden said the establishment of the drug court was a joint effort between the court system, the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Tazewell County Public Defender’s Office and the Tazewell County Probation Office.

May 27, 2011

Brothers on bikes rode together all the way to Drug Court graduationGillette News Record (WY)

They rode through the wind, the rain, the frustration and the pain.  In the end, their series of wrong turns turned into a right one. On Tuesday, the two graduated from Drug Court and have been given a fresh start at life.

"I stand before you a changed man," Steven Harvey said during an emotional speech thanking friends, family, city and county officials and other supporters that came to his graduation from the Campbell County Adult Drug Court on Tuesday. Harvey and fellow graduate Michael Flores became the 109th graduates of the intense treatement program. The Gillette News Record

Drug court graduation celebrates sobriety, success
  -  Davis Enterprise (CA)

Seven people whose drug use led to run-ins with the criminal justice system celebrated a new lease on life Monday with their graduations from Yolo County’s felony probation drug court.

The ceremony coincided with National Drug Court Month, observed each May.

Top Left: Tino Ramirez shakes hands with Judge David Reed. Top right: Nikko Van Aken hugs Florence Gainor as she gives him a certificate for completing the program. Bottom left: Timothy Gomez listens while friends, family, and supporters give the graduates their advice and congratulations. Bottom right: Probation officer Jaime Rodriguez talks about the success of the program. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photoSue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

Funding drug court helps curb other costs - Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)

Hundreds of people are arrested every year in Calhoun County for criminal behavior directly related to substance abuse. For many, addiction to drugs or alcohol creates an unending cycle of petty crime, arrest, jail time and then release, only to be arrested again . . . and again.

Winona County to pursue drug court
- Winona Daily News (MN)

Winona County officials are seeking funding for a drug court, after years of disagreement on whether alternative sentencing is worth the extra expense. Drug courts offer rehabilitation for alcohol and drug addicts who have been convicted of a crime.

Crowd assembles in Ventura County courtroom for juvenile drug court graduation
- Ventura County Star  (CA)

Don Coleman, presiding juvenile court judge, sat in front of a crowded courtroom Thursday and welcomed the crowd to yet another graduation ceremony of the dependency and juvenile drug courts.

"We are very happy to be here today," Coleman told those assembled inside Courtroom 22 at the Ventura County Hall of Justice.

July will make 12 years that Ventura County's juvenile drug court has been in place.



May 26, 2011


National Drug Court Month Ends on High Note in Florida

Pinellas Drug Court Grads Have a Friend in James Taylor

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Court Dog Provides Legal Support to VeteransDetroit Free Press (MI)

Fourteen men sitting in a room at the Novi district courthouse had two things in common: They were military veterans, and they were in legal trouble.

Rylan, a 3-year-old Doberman pinscher, offered up some sympathy to the men waiting Monday. She wagged her tail and placed her long snout on an occasional knee. Rylan is the nation's first veterans court dog, a trained support animal that provides distraught and often anxious veterans with a way to cope as they work through their legal problems. She sits with them before court, then accompanies them before the judge -- a calming presence in a sometimes threatening environment.


Left: Lisa Blanchard, 44, of Clinton Township looks on as her 3-year-old doberman pinscher Rylan gets a kiss from Judge Brian MacKenzie of 52nd District Court on Monday, May 23, 2011. MacKenzie has court time just for veterans. A therapy dog has been added to aid with emotional support.

Right: Justin Dunn, 30, of Novi, who served in Iraq with the Army, left, and Ian Sullivan, 35, who also served in the Arm,y both reach out to Rylan, a 3-year-old doberman pinscher, before going in front of Judge Brian MacKenzie of 52nd District Court for disorderly conduct. MacKenzie holds court time just for veterans.

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Columbus drug court program praisedNECN (MS)

Seven months into her addiction, she'd lost both her freedom and her happiness, even before she was arrested by Columbus narcotics officers, she said.

"I was just holding in a lot of anger," she said. "I was medicating my pain."

Her addiction, which Howard said "really messed me up in a lot of ways," and had also caused family problems.

"(My drug addiction) has affected them just as much as me," she said. "I was there, but I wasn't there."
Howard, who lives in Columbus with her two young children, credits the Columbus Drug Court and local rehabilitation programs with getting her back on her feet and keeping her out of prison.

Judge: Drug court successful in Calhoun County - Battle Creek Enquirer

Drug and sobriety courts in Calhoun County are successfully treating offenders and saving costs, a judge said Wednesday. "I have seen people transform themselves before my eyes," Chief Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge Allen Garbrecht said. "They can become a beacon of light and hope in the community."


May 25, 2011

Join Together Runs Powerful National Drug Court Month OpEd

National Drug Court Month continues to shine a spotlight on the tremendous national impact of Drug Courts. On May 24, Join Together featured an article by West Huddleston, CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, highlighting Drug Courts as a Proven Budget Solution and the research showing they “significantly reduce substance abuse and drug-related crime and produce greater cost benefits than any other criminal justice strategy.” The piece is currently running online and will reach 60,000 subscribers of Join Together’s daily newsletter.

Drug Court Graduate (center) and Her Family

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Denver's new sobriety court aims to stem repeat DUIs  - Denver Post (CO)

A man clad in a yellow jumpsuit and green handcuffs asked Denver County Court Judge Mary Celeste to reschedule his arraignment Tuesday afternoon in courtroom 3C.

It was a small start for a new sobriety court that backers and drunken-driving victims hope will be a big step toward cutting the number of repeat DUI offenders on city streets.

Instead of as much as six months in jail, some persistent drunken drivers could opt into an 18- to 24-month court program that focuses on addiction treatment, frequent interactions with a judge and regular blood-alcohol monitoring.

Clay commissioners told drug court program works - In-Forum (MN)

A drug court serving Minnesota’s Clay and Becker counties has accomplished much since it began in 2007, members of the Clay County Commission were told Tuesday.
“We are trying to change these people’s lives,” said Don Kautzmann, coordinator of the program that seeks to break the cycle of chemical addiction.

3 graduate from Preston Drug Court - Daily Mail (WV)

If not for Preston County's Drug Court, the lives of three young people and their families may have turned out much differently.

National Drug Court Month in St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Mayor Joe Boles presents St. Johns Circuit Judges Clyde E. Wolfe and Wendy W. Berger with proclamations from the city that declared May to be National Drug Court Month. Berger has presided over the adult drug court since 2006. Wolfe, who has presided over the juvenile drug court since August, actively participates in steering committee meetings.

A better prescription - Northwest Herald (IL)

Hoping to build on the success of its mental health court, the 22nd McHenry County Judicial Circuit will enter the 21st century by finally starting a drug court. Discussions have been taking place to form a local drug court for more than a decade, and in December the program will become reality.

Fairbanks Wellness Court to hold commencement ceremony
- Fairbanks Daily Newsminer (AK)

The ceremony also will recognize National Drug and Alcohol Court Month. The first drug courts began 21 years ago in Florida, and more than 2500 now operate around the United States. The Fairbanks court began in 2007 under the leadership of state.


May 24, 2011

Abrahamson Writes Of Drug Court Programs - Ashland Current (WI)

by Shirley S. Abrahamson, the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court

A decade ago, there was one treatment court program in Wisconsin. Today, there are 41, and more are in the works. What’s more, 16 of those programs are new in the past two years. That’s right: in two of the most difficult fiscal years our state has seen in nearly a century, our communities and our courts have found a way forward.

The courts and communities have identified new and better ways to help the people whom they serve.

A celebration is in order.

The month of May has been designated as National Drug Court Month, and I am marking this occasion by celebrating and honoring the judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement officers, social workers, treatment professionals, probation and parole officers, county board supervisors and others who have come together to establish court programs that are making communities safer and holding offenders accountable while helping them to become productive citizens.

A big congratulations to the following counties that have established one or more problem-solving court programs: Ashland, Barron, Brown, Burnett, Chippewa, Dane, Dodge, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, Iron, Jackson, Jefferson, Kenosha, La Crosse, Marathon, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Outagamie, Pierce, Polk, Racine, Rock, Sawyer, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Walworth, Washburn, Washington, Waukesha, Winnebago and Wood counties.

Drug treatment courts, like other problem-solving courts, work across disciplines and with other institutions to provide treatment to offenders, while at the same time holding them accountable for their crimes. To ensure accountability, offenders are regularly and randomly tested for substance abuse, required to appear frequently in court for the judge to review their progress, rewarded for doing well and sanctioned for not living up to their obligations.

Each court is as unique as the community it serves. Some of the court programs focus on juveniles; others specialize in working with veterans; still others handle only drunk drivers, adult drug offenders, families with multiple drug-related problems and so on. What these programs share is a commitment to addressing underlying issues that often accompany or contribute to criminal behavior – and an understanding that solving problems saves money.

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals estimates that nationally, 75 percent of individuals who complete drug court programs are not re-arrested and that drug courts save up to $13,000 for every individual in the program and return as much as $27 for every $1 invested. As state and local governments face budget challenges, it is vital that justice system partners take advantage of the best and most cost-effective tools available while ensuring public safety.

Problem-solving courts are rigorous. They are not always successful for each individual. But research continues to show that drug court programs and other treatment programs work better than jail or prison, better than probation, and better than treatment alone. Problem-solving courts are changing lives, saving families, saving taxpayer money and helping to make our streets safe. That’s cause for celebration.

Walkers raise awareness of treatment - Auburn Citizen (NY)

Rain couldn’t stop a group of advocates from taking their cause for awareness about mental health and addiction treatment to the streets on Monday.
About 35 people gathered at Memorial City Hall in Auburn and walked along South Street as part of the Timothy Durant Recovery Walk. The annual event recognizes people who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, with participants stressing the importance of treatment programs and drug and alcohol treatment court.

Despite the rain, Kristyn Langley and Erik Olon participate in the Tim Durant Recovery Walk on South St. in Auburn Monday evening. The walk was held to bring attention to drug rehabilitation court and mental health awareness. Katie Roupe / The Citizen

Local News: Drug Court Month in Monett
- Monett Times (MO)

Last Friday, Monett Mayor Jim Orr signed a proclamation in honor of National Drug Court Month. The ceremony took place at Monett City Hall. In signing the proclamation, Mayor Orr declared "Drug Court Month" be established during the month of May in the City of Monett, "recognizing the significant contributions drug courts have made toward reducing substance abuse, crime and recidivism while saving valuable resources."

The Drug Court Month declaration ceremony took place at Monett City Hall with Mayor Jim Orr signing the proclamation. Barry County Associate Circuit Judge Victor Head, pictured at left, and Lawrence County Associate Circuit Judge Scott Sifferman, at right, were in attendance. Judge Head and Judge Sifferman preside over the drug court programs in their respective counties. Times Photo by Lisa Schlichtman


Lee County Drug Court has its first graduate - Fort Madison Daily Democrat (IA)

When the Lee County District Court started its drug court, officials knew it would save the state some money. It costs a lot less for the rehabilitation program than it does to incarcerate someone. But after the first graduation ceremony on Thursday at the North Lee County Courthouse in Fort Madison, those same officials probably realize the court is going to save lives as well.

Stacy Rudd accepts a plaque from Judge Micheal Schilling on Thursday as the first graduate of the recently-developed drug court program in Lee County. The court helps offenders get off of and stay off of drugs while helping them find employment and having them perform community service. Fort Madison Daily Democrat



May 23, 2011

ONDCP Director Kerlikowske Attends Graduation
Calls Drug Courts Smart Justice

ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske delivers remarks to Drug Court graduates and their families


“All Rise!” With these words, the Anne Arundel County Drug Court kicked off a stirring graduation ceremony today in Annapolis, Maryland, with White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Gil Kerlikowske and nearly twenty members of his staff in attendance.

Director Kerlikowske provided poignant keynote remarks, explaining the importance of bringing his staff to come see how their work translates to success in Drug Court. He thanked Drug Court staff for their dedication and spoke directly to graduates, thanking them for their commitment and applauding their transformation. "Drug Courts provide a critical service to our Nation's families and communities.  They save lives and make our communities healthier and safer by offering treatment options for individuals struggling with substance abuse, while reducing the burden on the Nation's courts, jails, and prisons," said Director Kerlikowske. "Drug Courts are a key element of President Obama’s holistic approach for reducing drug abuse and its consequences in the Nation and I congratulate those who have graduated today and wish them success in recovery.”

Several other special guests were in attendance including Maryland’s Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert Bell and 5th Judicial District Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene. “Use your skills,” Judge Green advised graduates, “Use them now, today and forever.”  Following remarks, Presiding Judge William Mulford began the commencement by individually recognizing each graduate and giving them and their families an opportunity to address the court before officially closing their cases. Two graduates were joined by their new babies, born drug-free while their mothers were Drug Court participants.

“The ceremony we saw today is being replicated all across the Nation during National Drug Court Month. Day’s like this truly demonstrate that Drug Courts are a proven budget solution. We are honored that Director Kerlikowske attended today’s ceremony and will continue to work with his office and the Administration to put a Drug Court within reach of every eligible American in need.”

Left: A graduate gets a congratulations from Drug Court staff while his father looks on - Right: Judge Mulford shares a moment with a graduate


Montgomery County Drug Court celebrates graduates - Clarksville Leaf Chronicle (TN)

The courtroom was filled with emotion Friday afternoon as three Clarksville citizens celebrated life-changes they made by choosing to live a drug-free life and completing the Montgomery County Drug Court.

Drug Court grad: God gave me strength to stay sober
- Times-Georgian (GA)

Desiree Haltom become addicted to meth in high school, and it took her nearly eight years and a couple of relapses to gain sobriety.

She credits God and the Douglas County Juvenile Court Family Treatment Program’s Drug Court with her new sober life as a mother and a productive citizen.

Three graduates of the Douglas County Juvenile Court Family Treatment Program’s Drug Court were honored Thursday morning. Left to right are graduates Amy Garland and Desiree Haltom. (Photo by Winston Jones/Sentinel)


Ogle County drug court helps change lives - WREX-TV (OR)

An option in Ogle County gives drug addicts and criminals a second chance.  Its drug court and some people who've been through it say, it's helped change their lives.  Winnebago County has a similar program.  Basically drug addicts who commit non-violent crimes are eligible for it.

19th Drug Court graduates ten participants - KHAS-TV (NE)

Oftentimes many people leave jail only to return. But one program is successfully curbing the rate of multiple offenders.

Friday marks Grand Island's 19th Drug Court Graduation Ceremony. These ten graduates spent at least twelve months in treatment.

At Columbus' Hope House, a second chance at life - The Commercial Dispatch (MS)

Howard, who lives in Columbus with her two young children, credits the Columbus Drug Court and local rehabilitation programs with getting her back on her feet and keeping her out of prison.

From left, Sara Stokes, Hope House employee Kim Kavalsky, and Jessica Howard are pictured at the home. Stokes, Howard and other women attend group therapy, work at getting their Graduate Equivalent Degrees and get help finding jobs, all with supervision from the city drug court. / Luisa Porter

Some Journeys are Stories of Recovery - Murray Ledger and Times (KY)

Last Thursday evening, a young man from Calloway County and a young mother from Marshall County told the stories of their journeys from substance abuse to sobriety at the graduation celebration from the 42nd Judicial Circuit Drug Court.

Justice supports county's veterans' treatment court  - The Times Herald (PA)

Montgomery County's fledgling veterans' treatment court program has garnered support and glowing reviews from a Pennsylvania Supreme Court “The Supreme Court is 110 percent behind these courts. It’s our way of giving back to our veterans. Montgomery County has taken a lead role in this,” Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery said at a news conference at the county courthouse on Friday.

New start for treatment court grads - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader (PA)

Standing behind the podium, staring at well over 500 spectators, Brandon Costanzo uttered, “I’m really nervous,” before beginning his speech. Costanzo was one of more than 70 area residents who graduated from Lackawanna County Treatment Court on Thursday night at the Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College.

Degree by degree, graduate rises above drugs - Press Herald (OR)

It took Chris Miller 550 days to get through drug court. The road to his graduation Friday from the Cumberland County Adult Drug Treatment Court was a hard one. For a while, he was still hanging out with the wrong people, and in the wrong places. He went to jail and rehabilitation when he failed to meet the program's strict guidelines.

“I wanted to make it more than I wanted to get high or use drugs or alcohol,” says Chris Miller of Portland, who graduated Friday from adult drug court. Miller, 28, has been clean for nine months after 15 years of drug use. Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer The Portland Press Herald


On the Right Track NTV (NE)

A program to change your life around, that gives those who work it, ‘a get out of jail card,' but its hardly free. If you ask any one of the 10 central Nebraska drug court graduates, they say it was the harder road, they took, to get their lives back on track. Nebraska's drug court system, allows some individuals facing non-violent felony charges to opt into a 18-month minimum program that gets them into treatment and transitions them back into society.

National Drug Court month - Pelican Press (FL)

In celebration of National Drug Court Month, the 12th Judicial Circuit Court hosted graduation at the Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center on May 13, with Judges Charles Williams and David Denkin present. Former Southeast High School standout and Florida State University quarterback Adrian McPherson was the commencement speaker.

DWI court sees 1st graduates - Charlotte Observer (NC)

Nathan Campbell had a simple, direct message for the first pair of graduates of the Union County DWI Treatment Court last week: "There is life after drinking and drugging." He should know. Campbell said he graduated from a similar intensive drug treatment program in upstate New York six years ago when he was 29, following an arrest on felony charges related to bad checks. At the time, he said, he had been using cocaine and crack cocaine throughout his 20s, and had started drinking and smoking marijuana at age 13.

Substance abusers get new start - Effingham Daily News (IL)

But instead of doing prison time, Walker was invited to enter the Effingham County Drug Court program. It was a chance he didn’t want to pass up.

“I really wanted to change my life,” Walker said.

In two years, Walker has gone from a chronically unemployed, homeless young man who got high whenever he could to a gainfully employed man who even has custody of his young son. Friday, he was one of three graduates of the Drug Court.



May 20, 2011

BJA Celebrates Drug Court Month

This month, BJA joins thousands across the nation in celebrating and honoring Drug Court participants, practitioners, and policymakers involved in over 2,500 drug courts across the country. Drug Courts have been demonstrated—where evidence-based strategies have been implemented—to reduce recidivism and substance abuse among high-risk substance abusing offenders and increase their likelihood of successful rehabilitation.

The goal of BJA's Adult Drug Court Program is to build and/or expand drug court capacity at the state, local, and tribal levels using an evidence-based approach to include the key elements of judicially supervised treatment, drug testing, community supervision, appropriate incentives and sanctions, and recovery support (step-down) services.
Since the inception of the Drug Court Program Office, and later when these functions were transferred to BJA, a total of 2,583 grants have been awarded to 1,787 different drug court programs. Through BJA's Adult Drug Court Program, we continue to remain committed to stopping the cycle of substance abusing offenders throughout the criminal justice system.

Funding Opportunities
FY 2011 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program: This program provides assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop and implement drug courts that effectively integrate evidenced-based services.

FY 2011 Joint Adult Drug Court Solicitation to Enhance Services, Coordination, and Treatment: This initiative—a joint effort between BJA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)—allows applicants to submit a comprehensive strategy for enhancing drug court services and capacity, permitting applicants to compete for both criminal justice and substance abuse treatment funds with one application.
Applications for both programs are due June 9, 2011. For more information, go to BJA's Drug Court page.

Learning Opportunity on Translating Research to Practice
BJA has partnered with the National Institute of Justice to support a project that promotes the timely dissemination of information emerging from research on addiction science, substance abuse treatment, and adult drug court programs.

On May 23, 2011, the National Center for State Courts and American University will kick off a series of webinars that focus on the latest research that is important for practitioners and policymakers. The first webinar, "Who Should Go to Drug Courts," will focus on target populations and examine offender characteristics and drug court outcomes to address the basic question of how to maximize limited resources. Future webinars will focus on the role of medication, effective substance abuse treatment, using assessment effectively, and aftercare and relapse prevention. Read more about the Drug Court Research-to-Practice (R2P) project.

Register for the Annual Drug Court Conference
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals will host the 17th Annual Drug Court Training Conference on July 17–20, 2011 in Washington, DC.



Drug treatment court program on the chopping block - News 14 Carolina (NC)

Mecklenburg County drug court helped more than 1,400 people in the last fiscal year alone. Some of them came out to show support for a program that supported them.

"I tried for 20 years and I couldn't do it. So when I came in drug court, it helped. They give you a lot of support," said Amanda Johnson.

The program may lose support of its own because of state budget cuts.

"An offender who becomes and remains clean and sober is one less customer for the drug dealer, one less case in our courts and one less prisoner in our jails," Superior Court Judge Richard Boner said.

Drug court costs an estimated $1,200 a year, per person. Supporters say that same person incarcerated costs $27,000 a year.

"We would rather spend $1.7 million today then ask our children and our children's children to spend $38 million," said Chief District Court Judge Lisa Bell.

Treatment Court celebrates another class of graduates - Scranton Times-Tribune (PA)

About 75 people were honored for finishing Lackawanna County Treatment Court. Along with family members, they filled the theater. "Recovery is a process and a journey," said county Judge Michael J. Barrasse. "It's only the beginning of that journey.”

Courtesy: The Times-Tribune

Graduates complete Kanawha Drug Court rehab program - Daily Mail (SC)

Graduates are announced on their entrance into the courtroom Thursday at the graduation ceremony for the Kanawha County Drug Court Program. Without the drug court program and a local fellowship home, Stacy Broce says she probably she probably would not be alive today.

Graduates are announced on their entrance into the courtroom Thursday at the graduation ceremony for the Kanawha County Drug Court Program. Courtesy the Daily Mail

Grafton County drug court saves money, livesThe Littleton Courier (NH)

Five more graduated from the Grafton County Drug Court program last Monday. Those gathered – from participants to coordinators to family members – hailed the program's power to transform by giving non-violent offenders a second chance and the support to seize it.

"Thank you for judging me on my heart, and not my mistakes," said Henry Therrien, of Littleton, to those gathered after he received his certificate. His success has no secret, he said; it was because of hard work. The drug court program offers an alternative to prison time for non-violent, substance-related crimes, but it is not easy. The program lasts anywhere from 18 to 24 months, depending on how many "sanctions" you receive.


Drug Court Graduates Thirteen in Brooke County - State Journal (WV)

Drug court and God credited for changing man's life - Sequoyah County Times (OK)

Poirier now has a job — at Wild Horse Mountain Barbecue — has his GED, has a car with insurance, has a driver’s license, and most important, he has his family. “I wanted a way out of my addiction, and I found it. I’ll never be free of it,” Poirier knows, “but I know how to control it now. It’s day-by-day. I know I have to keep working my program. Drug court gives us the structure. But we have to do the rest.

Drug courts proven budget solution - Pinedale Roundup (WY)

This May, Court Supervised Treatment Programs (Drug Courts) throughout Wyoming will join over 2500 Drug Courts nationwide in celebrating National Drug Court Month.



May 19, 2011

Drug court notes 10 years of successThe Corvalis Gazette Times (OR)

'Dottie Shelton, 49, who graduated from drug court in May 2006, spoke about her experience in the program. “I was pretty hopeless. I knew I was going to die in jail of my disease, or on the streets,” she said. Shelton said that methamphetamine controlled her life for many years. “Thank God someone saw some good in me.”'

Drug Treatment Court alumnae Dottie Shelton was applauded by Circuit Court Judge Janet Holcomb and the rest of the courtroom when she displayed a coin she received after six years of sobriety. Shelton was one of several speakers at the Drug Treatment Court 10-year celebration Wednesday. ANDY CRIPE - Corvallis Gazette-Times


Graduation ceremony for Hinds County Drug Court participants planned - Jackson Clarion Ledger (MS)

'A graduation ceremony for participants of the Hinds County Circuit Drug Court will be conducted during a picnic Friday in downtown Smith Park. Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green will be the keynote speaker.'

Drug Court seeks to up ante - The Daily News Journal (TN)

'Rutherford County Drug Court serves the third largest number of people of any similar court in Tennessee, yet its cut of state funding is far below that of the state's four largest counties.'

Drug court honoredWTHI (IN)

'Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett stopped by Division 5 Vigo County courtroom Wednesday morning. Division 5 serves as the county's drug court, helping to get addicts through the system and their recovery.'

Drug court helps participants get life back togetherHerald Democrat (TX)

'The West Courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse echoed this week with the voices of those who have been to the ends of their ropes and back. Former graduates of the county's Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Court welcomed a new member to their ranks and her story quieted an audience accustomed to hearing tough tales.'


May 18, 2011

Drug Court Program Helps People Kick Addiction – (TN)

Seametrus Battle Sr. dabbed tears from the corners of his eyes as he stood before a packed courtroom. The 38-year-old man wasn’t facing Judge Rebecca Stern as she looked down from the bench. Instead, he stood next to her Monday as she congratulated him and four other Hamilton County Drug Court graduates.

Seametrus Battle cries as he thanks his family and friends for their support. Five participants in the drug court system graduated from the program in a ceremony Monday afternoon. The program has graduated 50 people. Staff Photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press


Drug Court Month offers graduates an earned second chance - Catskill Daily Mail (NY)

In conjunction with National Drug Court Graduation Week, Greene County recognized its newest graduate with a completion ceremony.

Greene County Drug Court Coordinator Lolly Glennan (from left) congratulates Dustin B. following his completion of his counseling course at the Greene County Courthouse Tuesday. Also pictured are Dustin's girlfriend Christina Martinez, Greene County Senior Probation Officer Wayne Sutherland, and Dustin's father, Darin. Photo by Claude Haton

Gratiot's new "Recovery Court" to begin July 1 - The Morning Sun (MI)

For the first time, Gratiot County will have a “recovery court,” similar to other counties drug courts that will start July 1.“The focus will be on repeat offenders of drunk drivers,” Andrew Smith, the part time coordinator of the program under Judge Stewart McDonald and District Court, told the Gratiot County Board of Commissioners..

Gazette opinion: New court driving change for worst DUI offenders - Billings Gazette (MT)

Since January, 32 of the most dangerous DUI offenders in Yellowstone County have been held to a higher level of accountability for their crimes. They are being kept on a sober path with strict supervision from the new Impaired Driving Court in District Court.

Former convict turned bread magnate offers advice to drug court graduates
- Albany Democrat Herald (NY)

Monday afternoon, the founder of the nationally acclaimed Dave’s Killer Bread, based in Portland, told five graduates of the Linn County Drug Court that he hoped they would find “humility” to ask for help and to change their lives.

Dave Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread speakes at a drug court graduation ceremony Monday afternoon in Albany. (David Patton/Democrat-Herald)

May proclaimed national Drug Court month - Sequoyah County Times (OK)

The clients’ graduation ceremony marks their completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision and full accountability. Drug Courts throughout the nation are celebrating National Drug Court Month in May, and the theme is “Drug Courts: A Proven Budget Solution.”

Sallisaw Mayor Shannon Vann recently proclaimed May as National Drug Court Month, and National Drug Court Commencement Week as May 16 through 20. At the proclamation signing are, from the left, Darren Stites of People Inc., Tonya Stephens, Drug Court office manager; District Judge Dennis Sprouse, who brought Drug Court to Sequoyah County and oversees operations; Vann; Tina Edwards, Drug Court coordinator; and Crystal Stimac of People Inc. Linda Copeland - TIMES


May 17, 2011


Drug court marks 15 years of success - Lompoc Record (CA)

'Now 34, four years sober and mother to Madison, an effervescent 2-year-old daughter, Careyette is attending Hancock College and working part time. She has difficulty comprehending the kind of person she was with a meth pipe in her hand.'

Monica Careyette and her daughter, 2-year-old Madison, are seen outside their home in Guadalupe. Careyette credits Drug Court for her four years of sobriety. Mark Brown/Staff

Grayson County celebrates success of Drug Court program - KXII-TV (TX)

'May is National Drug Court Month and Grayson County is celebrating the success of its Star Drug Court Program with a special ceremony.'

Only drug court graduate clean 256 days - Hattiesburg American (MS)

'There was one graduate at Monday's Forrest County Juvenile Drug Court graduation ceremony. He was a 17-year-old soon-to-be-father with a GED and plans of attending college. When he took his certificate, he gave brief thanks to those who have helped him stay clean for 256 days.'

Kem On Hand To Applaud Adult Drug Court Program Graduates  - CBS Detroit (MI)

'A graduating class of a different kind picked up diplomas at the Salvation Army’s rehabilitation center in downtown Detroit Monday. Universal-Motown recording artist Kem was on hand to applaud the hard work of the graduates from the 3rd Circuit Adult Drug Court program.'

Kem, the music artist. (Credit: AP Photo)

Gwinnett County Drug and DUI Court Celebrates “National Drug Court Month" - Duluth Weekly (GA)

'More than 28 men and women are expected to be among this year’s graduates. The ceremony marks their completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability.'


May 16, 2011

President Obama Praises Drug Courts in Special Commencement Week Message

President Obama today issued a special message to Drug Court professionals, sending his greetings to everyone celebrating National Drug Court Commencement Week and praising Drug Courts as a smart investment. The President’s message highlights Drug Courts as a critical part of the Administration’s strategy to provide alternatives to incarceration for drug-addicted offenders, lauding Drug Courts for breaking the cycle of drug abuse and crime and annually transforming the lives of 120,000 citizens in need of treatment.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) posted the message this morning on their blog, Of Substance, writing “National Drug Court Commencement Week provides key Federal, state, and local stakeholders the opportunity to attend any of the drug court graduations occurring across the country.  Drug court graduations offer a glimpse into the best of drug courts, as participants successfully complete their terms of treatment and accountability, and exit the criminal justice system in recovery.  ONDCP joins the President in recognizing more than 2,400 drug courts across the Nation and will continue to highlight the proven effectiveness of drug courts in reducing drug use and its consequences.”

To read President Obama’s special message and ONDCP’s National Drug Court Commencement Week blog entry, click here.


May 15, 2011

Washington, DC Drug Court graduates 20 as part of National Drug Court Month Celebration

Twenty individuals graduated from the Washington, DC Drug Court last week in a stirring ceremony which left no doubt to all in attendance that Drug Courts transform lives. ‘It’s never too late,” said Beverly, a 2003 graduate of the D.C. Drug Court who entered the program at 54 years old and has been drug-free ever since. West Huddleston, CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals thanked the court for being a “life-saver” and reminded all in attendance of the effect Drug Court has on all members of a community. “When one person rises out of drugs and crime, we All Rise,” he said.

Attendees were also treated to remarks from Dr. Westley Clarke, the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Clarke spoke passionately to graduates, reminding them of their responsibilities, “to yourselves, your families and your community.” “Never forget where you came from,” he said, “but never forget your potential.”

Following remarks graduates were presented with a certificate and heard their cases dismissed. “The reason I took this assignment was for days like today,” said presiding judge Frederick Weisberg who recently returned to the Drug Court after serving as the first presiding judge when the court launched in 1993.

From Left: Beverly, a 2003 graduate of the DC Drug Court stands with presiding Judge Weisburg, Dr. Westley Clarke receives a plaque from Drug Court case manager Johnny Alexander.


Court rehabilitates drug users as moms - Washington Times (DC)

'On Friday, after Ms. Brown and nine other women graduated from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia's Family Treatment Court, she recalled how far she had come in battling her drug addiction since hitting “rock bottom.”
“I’m on my feet now. I know my road to recovery will still be a struggle,” said Ms. Brown, who was homeless when she entered the program.'

Bay County Drug Treatment Court helps alcoholics tackle addictionThe Bay City Times (MI)

'After a series of drunken driving arrests, Edward considers himself fortunate not to be sitting behind bars.
Instead, the 42-year-old Bay City resident is in the final phase of a four-step drug treatment court program that aims to combat his addiction to alcohol rather than punish him for it.'

Bay County District Judge Dawn A. Klida discusses the progress of member's of the court's drug treatment program. Courtesy: The Bay City Times

Changing direction - Coeur d'Alene Press (ID)

'On Thursday mornings at the county Justice Building, District Judge John Mitchell holds court. His questions are informal, his demeanor friendly. "What's new?" he might ask, or "What are you proud of?"'

District Judge John Mitchell, left, hands Jon-Paul Crouch a Kootenai County Mental Health Drug Court graduation certificate. The court is a four-stage program for substance abusers with mental illnesses. There are currently 33 people participating in the program. Courtesy: The Coeur d'Alene Press


May 12, 2011

Drug Court grads ready to tackle lifeWDTN (OH)

'Some local teenagers are ready to tackle life after taking their sobriety into their own hands. They graduated Thursday from Montgomery County's Drug Court program.'

Drug Court grads ready to tackle life:

Drug, DUI courts salute graduates - Bradenton Herald (FL)

'In June 2009, Manatee County officials decided to add a voluntary DUI court to its drug court, which was launched in 1997. And these courts are working, the judge says. On Thursday, in a ceremony as emotional as any at a high school or college, about a half-dozen new graduates of DUI court and drug court got certificates, coffee cups, a book of reflections and words of encouragement.'

DUI and drug court program managers Alfred James and Ericka. The Bradenton Herald

Bergen drug-court graduates celebrate sobriety - (NJ)

'Constantine Lambos of Lyndhurst wore a pinstriped suit and a tie on Thursday. Drug free, employed and about to get married, he looked nothing like the probation-violating drug addict that he said he was just three years ago.'

Constantine Lambos of Lyndhurst is greeted by his fiancee, Erica Rittwager of Lyndhurst, and his father Nick Lambos of Queens after his graduation ceremony for Bergen County drug court. Courtesy


Teens Graduate From Drug Court - WHIO Dayton (OH)

'After a week full of college graduations in the Miami Valley, there was a different kind of commencement Thursday at the Montgomery County Juvenile Court. Judge Anthony Capizi said his drug court is all about support for its graduates.'

Annual Law Day focused on drug courts - Isanti-Chisago County Star (MN)

'Rotary Club of Cambridge and Isanti welcomed a discussion on drug courts at their annual special Law Day Luncheon on Friday, May 6. Law Day comes every May and is given to observe the rule of law.'

Drug court is a good weapon - Daily Astorian (OR)

'One must be careful about analogies between street crime and war, police and armies. But just as there can be diplomatic ways to end armed combat, there are root causes of crime that can be addressed in nontraditional ways.'

Efficient justice means a less crowded jail - San Antonio Express (TX)

'In the 10 years I have served as county judge, a great deal of the Commissioners Court focus has been to instill a policy of treating sick people rather than incarcerating them.'

12 complete Richland Co. drug court - Mansfield News Journal (OH)

'Thursday's ceremony was the 13th since drug court was implemented in Richland County in 1997. Graduates completed an intensive 12- to 18-month program of treatment, supervision and full accountability. They have their records expunged if they make it through the program.'

Judge James D. Henson addresses the graduates Thursday at Ed Pickens Cafe on Main during the 13th annual Richland County Drug Court Graduation. / Jason J. Molyet/News Journal


May 11, 2011

Drug court graduates celebrate their sobriety - Mansfield News Journal (OH)

'Since going through drug court, Trapp is working two jobs and attending college. Ann Patrick, her mother, tearfully said she was happy to have her daughter back.'

Probation Officer Heather Markley, right, wipes away a tear Wednesday as Sarah Trapp tells how Mansfield Municipal Treatment Court helped her break free from seven years of drug dependence. Judge Frank Ardis Jr., left, is one of the judges involved in the program. / Dave Polcyn/News Journal

Horry County Drug Court keeps offenders out of prison, saves state millionsSCNow (SC)

"We require all our clients to get full-time employment and to work on the books -- in other words, our clients become taxpayers," said Burney, "That's probably the biggest savings to the county, is that now people who previously took money from the county are now donating to the tax base."

Lebron Fraser met with his counselor, Clinical Director Thomas Burney, and another participant Tuesday morning.  The Drug Court requires clients to meet weekly for counseling sessions. Courtesy SCNow

South Dakota Supreme Court chief justice says drug court program is 'an  absolute bargain’- The Republic  (SD)

'A drug court program in western South Dakota is keeping drug offenders out of prison and helping them to change their lives while saving taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson said.'

National Drug Court Month - Lincoln County Journal

The month of May is officially considered National Drug Court Month and will be celebrated May 16-20 as National Drug Court Commencement Week which celebrates the promise of recovery and restored hope to Drug Court graduates and their families.

Detroit Drug Court to hold graduation - Detroit Legal News (MI)

'This is the court’s 7th formal ceremony since it was founded in 2003. Twenty-eight participants are expected to be recognized at this year’s graduation. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, educational services (including G.E.D. and Relapse Prevention courses) and full accountability.'


May 10, 2011

Drug court graduation celebrates sobriety and success - Rapid City Journal (SD)

'Sitting together, they represented 93 years of suspended prison time and more than 15 years of sobriety. They were the 16 active clients of the Northern Hills Drug Court until graduation reduced their numbers by three Tuesday.'

Left: Chief Justice David Gilbertson speaks during drug court graduation ceremonies at the Meade County Courthouse on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Right: Robert Benson holds the medals given to people in the drug court program. The three medals represent the three phases of the program that participants must complete to graduate. (Ryan Soderlin/Journal staff) 


Polk County Drug Court Graduation  - Polk County Democrat (FL)

'Polk County Drug Court will have a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 13, which will showcase accomplishments of the Drug Court participants and the success of the Drug Court program since its establishment.'

Fla. annual drug court graduation set for Friday - Miami Herald (Fl)

'Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady will speak at the 12th annual statewide drug court graduation. The event is set for Friday in Key West with 160 people graduating. The ceremony will videocast live to 21 drug courts across Florida.'

New Bedford Juvenile Drug Court marks 10 years of giving youths second chance - South Coast Today (MA)

'It took almost two years, but eventually the lessons of Juvenile Drug Court began to sink in for Dakota McMahon. "These people here know what's best for you and they give good advice," said McMahon, 16, who graduated in in January from New Bedford's Juvenile Drug Court, which is entering its 10th year of existence.'

'Killer Bread' maker to speak - Albany Democrat Herald (NY)

'David Dahl of Dave's Killer Bread will deliver the keynote address following Linn County's Drug Court graduation on Monday, May 16, as part of National Drug Court Month. Dahl was chosen to speak because he has been imprisoned four times and now has turned his life around.'


May 9, 2011

Veteran court taking shape in Yellowstone County - Billings Gazette (MT)

'Modeled after similar programs in other states, the veteran treatment court idea is growing roots in the newly created Impaired Driving Court with the recent addition of a “veteran's track,” said District Judge Mary Jane Knisely.'

Graduate finds herself in court-led substance abuse treatment program - ENC Today

“Drug court has allowed me to be the responsible parent I always knew I could be. Without the help of this program, I do not know what I would have done.”

Twenty-one graduates of Lenoir County Family Drug Treatment Court were honored in a ceremony in Lenoir County Civil Superior Court Monday by Judge Beth Heath. Charles Buchanan / The Free Press


SD chief justice to speak at graduation of 3 from Northern Hills Drug Court - Daily Journal (ND)

'The spring season of graduations includes one at the Northern Hills Drug Court in Sturgis. The chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court, David Gilbertson, will speak at Tuesday's graduation for three people.'

Law boosts drug court (FL)

"This law not only saves our state funding, but it gives those who have committed nonviolent crimes -- because of their addiction -- treatment instead of more costly incarceration," said Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, the sponsor of the bill in the House. "This law also gives individual judges more flexibility in dealing with individual cases and we have worked with the court system throughout the lawmaking process."

Specialized veterans court in Northeastern Wisconsin could benefit all - Green Bay Press Gazette (WI)
'Local officials are exploring the idea of a specialty court for veterans in Northeastern Wisconsin, an approach worth considering both because of what it could provide and because the price is right.'


May 8, 2011

5 graduate from 10th Judicial Drug Court – Cleveland Daily Banner (OH)

She was told she would never stick with the program. He had been a drug user for 35 years. However, both overcame to become a part of the most recent graduation of the 10th Judicial District Drug Court .

From left, drug court coordinator Jill Barrett, Criminal Court Clerk Gayla Miller, Graduate Jessica Crumley, Graduate Joni Martin, Judge Carroll Ross, Sheriff Jim Ruth, Graduate Steve Bigham, Assistant District Attorney Dallas Scott, Graduate Chris McAllister, Director of Community Corrections Gary Conner (hiding), Public Defender Richard Hughes and Russell Fredricks of the Drug Task Force. Banner photo, JOYANNA WEBER

Lenoir County drug court to graduate (NC)

In observance of National Drug Court Month, the Lenoir County Family Drug Treatment Court will hold a celebration tomorrow at the Lenoir County Courthouse for those that completed its intensive program of comprehensive substance abuse treatment over the past year.

May 7, 2011

Georgetown County Celebrates National Drug Court Month (SC)

May is National Drug Court Month and this year the theme is “Drug Courts: A Proven Budget Solution.”  Throughout the nation, drug courts will be holding events to bring attention to the cost-effectiveness of the drug court model.

The Road to Sobriety - Daily Astorian (OR)

Drug court can’t make people change their lives or who they hang out with. However, it can provide a degree of accountability and stability as offenders work through probation and outside treatment programs.

City council approves funding for juvenile drug court - Uinta County Herald (WY)

During a regular meeting on Tuesday, the Evanston City Council unanimously agreed to authorize a contract with the Wyoming Department of Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division to provide a Drug and Alcohol curtailment program for juvenile offenders, for the fiscal year ending June 2012.

Drug Court Graduates Have Turned Their Lives Around - KCOY (CA)

Ten recovering drug addicts from the Central Coast will celebrate how they've turned their live around, on Friday evening.

Talbot County Drug Court recognized - The Star Democrat (MD)

Talbot County Drug Court received a proclamation on May 3 from the Talbot County Council honoring their work and proclaiming the month of May as Drug Court Month in Talbot County.

Courtesy of the Star Democrat

Big Island Drug Court  - West Hawaii Today (HI)

The number of Big Island Drug Court graduates convicted of a new offense dropped to nearly one in 13 last year, notching another positive note for the nine-year-old program.

Programs lower inmate total 18% - Danville News (PA)

Northumberland County was among the first in Pennsylvania to establish drug and alcohol treatment courts five years ago and has been successful in breaking the addictions of many offenders and diverting them from jail, President Judge Robert B. Sacavage said.


May 6, 2011

Drug Court honors gradsThe Stockton Record (CA)

'“Dare to dream the impossible.” That's how Jose Hernandez, 48, said he grew up as the son of migrant field workers who went on to fly a 14-day mission as flight engineer of the space shuttle Discovery.'

Latrice Watson is hugged by a friend before the Drug Court graduation ceremony Thursday at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton.CALIXTRO ROMIAS/The Record


Students visit Ibarra, Drug Court - Press Release (HI)

'The Judiciary, West Hawaii Bar Association, and Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association, & Friends of Big Island Drug Court sponsored Courtroom field trips for third graders from Konawaena and Kealakehe elementary schools to help mark Law Week at Drug Court in Kealakekua.'

Mrs. Bowman's students raise their hands to answer questions posed by Judge Ronald Ibarra in the quiz. (Photo special to Hawaii 24/7 by Margaret Masunaga)


May 5, 2011

Drug courts work — I've seen it - The Baltimore Sun

'It is difficult to quantify the value of a life returned to normalcy. However, the feeling when holding a drug-free baby born to a recovering drug-addicted mother is unrivaled. During my 20 years serving on the bench, after my career as a prosecutor, no courtroom experience has been as uplifting, powerful or transformative as drug court.
I would do it for another 20 years.'

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell issues National Drug Court Month Proclamation, calls Drug Courts a 'Proven Budget Solution."

Family drug court celebrates five years - The Herald Democrat

'The STAR Family Drug Court program turned five years old Tuesday and some of its graduates were there to share cake, punch and the stories of how the program turned around their lives.'

Governor signs bill creating mental health courts - The Atlanta Journal Constitution

'Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that will create the state's first mental health court system, saying he is disturbed by the rate of repeat offenders and people crowding jails who suffer from addiction, developmental disabilities and mental illness.'

The Dollars and Sense of Drug Court - Navajo County News (AZ)

'With the state of the Arizona economy and the increased focus on government spending, it’s a pleasure to be able to tell you about a program that saves money and achieves phenomenal results. I’m talking about the Navajo County Drug Court.'

Alchua County, FL designates National Drug Court Month

'May 2011 is National Drug Court Month.  To honor this, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation declaring May 2011, Drug Court Month in Alachua County.  Judge Walter M. Green, who presides over Drug Court along with Judge Ysleta W. McDonald, will receive the proclamation on behalf of the Alachua County Department of Court Services program.' 

National Drug Court Month celebrated - The Cassville Democrat (MO)

'Like the other 2,500 operational Drug Courts in the United States, the Barry County Drug Court is a judicially supervised court docket that reduces correctional costs, protects community safety and improves public welfare. In drug courts, seriously drug-addicted individuals remain in treatment for long periods of time while under close supervision. Drug court participants must meet their obligation to themselves, their families and society.'


May 4, 2011

Drug Court commended and recognized - Historic City News

'The scientific community has put Drug Courts under a microscope and concluded that Drug Courts work; today, commissioners “made it official” in a proclamation recognizing local drug court successes and naming May as Drug Court Month in St Johns County.'


Lancaster County Adult Drug Court Celebrates 10th Year Of Operation And National Drug Court Month  - Lancaster County News Release

'In addition to celebrating 10 years of operation, the Lancaster County Adult Drug Court joins drug courts across the country in recognizing the month of May as National Drug Court Month. Wes Huddleston, CEO or the National Association of Drug Court Professionals states, "Drug courts are a proven budget solution and must be expanded." What started in a Florida courtroom over 20 years ago has become the nation's most successful strategy for dealing with substance abusing offenders."'

Drug Court Month - The North Carolina Office of the Courts

'May is National Drug Court Month. Drug Courts throughout the nation will celebrate with the theme, "Drug Courts: A Proven Budget Solution." From educating the public to influencing policymakers, National Drug Court Month is a time to celebrate the incredible national impact of over 2,500 Drug Courts.'


May 3, 2011

Guam's acting Governor Ray Tenorio signs National Drug Court Month Proclamation

“The work you do is important to this community and I commend all that you do to help rehabilitate drug offenders," Governor Tenorio said. "A lot of times people who do not have an education turn to drugs as an answer to their problems. It is important that through your rehabilitation and treatment process, you push education. This administration supports you and we are working hard to find the resources to help you do your job.”

Acting Governor Ray Tenorio is joined by Chief Justice Phillip Carbullido, Juvenile Drug Court Judge Arthur Barcinas, Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan, and staff of the Juvenile Court for the proclamation of the month of May as Drug Court Month. Photo courtesy of the Pacific News Center


Miami-Dade starts specialized drug court for military veterans - The Miami Herald

'Thanks to the new Veterans Court, Cooper will for the first time get coordinated services from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the county's lauded Drug Court, offering the promise of specialized drug treatment and financial assistance returning to college'


Drug court aims to help addicts - The Chattanooga Times Free Press

'In an effort to help some of its residents overcome their drug addictions, Marion County commissioners unanimously approved a move to give the money in the DUI fund to the 12th Judicial District’s drug court last week'

May is National Drug Court Month - The Hawaii Tribune Herald

'Drug courts across the country will celebrate National Drug Court Month in May, and Hawaii County Drug Court Administrator Warren Kitaoka invites the public to attend ceremonies in Hilo and Kona'


May 2, 2011 - Puerto Rico cuts the ribbon on first Juvenile Drug Court

This morning, NADCP CEO West Huddleston joined Governor Luis G. Fortuño, and Chief Justice Federico Hernández Denton at a special National Drug Court Month ceremony commemorating the opening of the first Juvenile Drug Court in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has been home to outstanding Drug Courts since 1996, and is instrumental in demonstrating to the rest of the world that Drug Courts are a proven budget solution.

“It’s an honor for me to be here today to cut the ribbon on Puerto Rico’s first Juvenile Drug Court and officially kick-off National Drug Court Month. For the past twenty years Drug Courts have been the critical intercept point for over a million alcohol and drug dependent people caught in the justice system,” Huddleston said. “No other sentencing option comes close to the impact Drug Courts have on drug use and crime in a community. In fact, 75% of graduates are unlikely to see another pair of handcuffs.” Huddleston spoke of the need to grow Drug Courts to serve more people and highlighted their broad support among policymakers. “State and national policymakers across the political spectrum are looking to Drug Courts to solve America’s costly overreliance on incarceration,” he said. “From saving money to saving lives, from eliminating racial disparities to protecting public safety, from cutting crime to restoring families, from helping veterans to stopping drunk drivers, Drug Courts appeal to pragmatists on all sides of the debate.”


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