Hill Day Rocks Nation's Capital
Massive Rally Precedes First-Ever Drug Court Hearing before the Senate
On Tuesday, July 19th, hundreds of Drug Court professionals and concerned citizens joined a cadre of celebrities and Members of Congress at a rally in the shadow of the Capitol dome to urge lawmakers to invest in Drug Courts as a proven budget solution. The rally left no doubt that Drug Court professionals are ready to stand up and make their voices heard and the timing was perfect as lawmakers are now set to finalize next year's federal budget when they return in September.
Martin Sheen, Matthew Perry, Harry Lennix, Trey Anastasio, and Melissa Fitzgerald elicited roars from the crowd as they spoke about their own support for Drug Courts and presented Members of Congress with awards for being Drug Court champions.
Over the course of the conference, NADCP presented the All Rise Leadership Award to the following Members of Congress to thank them for their outstanding support for Drug Courts:
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) , Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
Following the rally, attendees headed to the halls of Congress to meet with their members and spread our message. Others headed to the Dirksen Senate Office Building for the first-ever Drug Court hearing before the Senate.
NADCP Chief of Science Law and Policy Dr. Doug Marlowe, Actor Martin Sheen, Chief Judge Jeanne E. LaFazia of the Rhode Island District Court and Administration Official Ben Tucker, Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs for the Office of National Drug Control Policy testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism during a hearing titled “Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts: Seeking Cost-Effective Solutions for Protecting Public Safety and Reducing Recidivism.”
“Frankly, there’s no better investment this Congress can make than Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts," Martin Sheen told the committee. "The time has come to reap the staggering social and economic benefits of expanding this proven budget solution.”
Highlights from Martin Sheen's Testimony
From Left to Right: Actor Martin Sheen, Administration Official Ben Tucker, Deputy Director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Chief Judge Jeanne E. LaFazia of the Rhode Island District Court, and NADCP Chief of Science Law and Policy Dr. Doug Marlowe.
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Capitol Hill Rally & Senate Hearing Slideshow