March 22, 2012 -- Budget season is in full swing on Capitol Hill as is NADCP's strategy to ensure Drug Courts are funded at $82.9 million this year!   
 
Earlier today Former Congressman Jim Ramstad (R/MN) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee to ensure that Drug Courts remain a federal priority. “From the budget to border security, to the safety of our neighborhoods, drug abuse drains federal, state and local resources and places a burden on all law-abiding citizens,” he said. “Only through a combination of state and federal funding will Drug Courts remain the most effective criminal justice strategy.”

Former Congressman Ramstad requested that the Committee fund Drug Courts at a minimum of $40 million at the Department of Justice.“Now more than ever we must focus on proven programs that guarantee financial returns and measurable success,” he said. “There is simply no better investment this Congress can make than Drug Courts.” Click here to download Congressman Ramstad’s outstanding oral testimony.
 
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), an organization committed to fighting against Drug Court funding, used the hearing as an opportunity to rehash their debunked report on Drug Courts .  However, armed with rigorous scientific research and a mountain of data proving Drug Courts work, Former Congressman Ramstad eloquently set the record straight. “Drug Courts save lives, reunite broken families and resurrect shattered careers and lost jobs,” he said. “Remarkably, 75% of Drug Court graduates remain arrest-free, compared to only 30% of offenders released from prison.”
 
Given the unfounded accusations by DPA and the current fiscal crisis, it has never been more important to make your voice heard. Join Congressman Ramstad in telling Congress the facts on Drug Courts.  Click below, every letter counts!

 

Former Congressman Ramstad delivers remarks during last July’s Drug Court $AVES Rally on Capitol Hill.

 

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