On Saturday, August 6, NADCP CEO West Huddleston appeared as a guest on CSPAN's Washington Journal to discuss Drug Courts. Washington Journal is one of the longest running and most viewed shows on CSPAN and features elected officials, government administrators and journalists as guests, answering questions from the hosts and from members of the general public.
The 45 minute segment was recorded live and the conversation touched on a variety of topics including Drug Court history, the Drug Court model, the emergence of Veterans Treatment Courts, recent research and the future of Drug Court funding.
Callers ranged from skeptics to concerned citizens and a thankful Drug Court graduate. With each question Huddleston provided thoughtful, factual and well-reasoned responses that made a compelling case for the further expansion of Drug Courts. Towards the end of the interview a caller expressed his gratitude for Drug Court, saying "Drug Court is one of the best things to happen in the judicial system. It gave me the opportunity to carry on a normal life.”
West Huddleston and host Rob Harleston discuss the need for increased Drug Court funding.
NADCP CEO West Huddleston fields a question about Drug Court eligibility, saying "Drug Courts are really for very seriously addicted, prison-bound individuals. These are very desperate people who can select Drug Court and as a result don't end up in prison for years away from their families."