NADCP Storms the Hill for Drug Courts


Appropriations season rolls on and NADCP’s Public Policy team is hard at work to ensure Drug Courts receive an increase in federal funding. Over the last two days an All-Star cast of NADCP Board Members, Drug Court professionals, and distinguished guests took part in over 30 meetings with key Members of Congress. The message was clear; Drug Courts are the most successful criminal justice reform in our nation’s history and must be expanded.
 
On April 19, 2012, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce Justice, and Science (CJS) approved $41 million for the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and a new $4 million appropriation for Veterans Treatment Courts. The Administration has also requested $42.9 million for Drug Courts for the Drug Treatment Court initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
 
"We are doing everything we can to ensure that Drug Courts remains a priority in Congress", said NADCP Board Chair Judge Robert Rancourt. “The success of Drug Court is not up for debate, but it is still vital that Members hear from all of us who believe that we cannot rest until a Drug Court is within reach of every American in need.”

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Participating in NADCP’s Fly-in Day were NADCP Board Chair Judge Robert Rancourt and Former Congressman Jim Ramstad, along with Board Members Judge Jamey Hueston, Judge Stephen Manley, Ms. Connie Payne, and Judge Keith Starrett. Also attending were Chief Justice of Kentucky John Minton, Alabama Drug Court Judge Ed Blount, and Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals Judge Lela Mays.

NADCP wishes to thank the following Members for their support!

Senate

Sen. Barbara Boxer
Sen. Ben Cardin
Sen. Thad Cochran
Sen. Kent Conrad
Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Al Franken
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sen. Barbara Mikulski
Sen. Rand Paul
Sen. Jack Reed
Sen. Jeff Sessions
Sen. Richard Shelby
Sen. Roger Wicker

House

Rep. Kay Granger
Rep. John Culberson
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson
Rep. Jim Clyburn
Rep. Hal Rogers
Rep. Robert Aderholt
Rep. Ben Chandler
Rep. Betty McCollum
Rep. Jo Bonner

 

Former Congressman Jim Ramstad, Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), and NADCP Board Chair Judge Robert Rancourt

 

NADCP CEO West Huddleston, NADCP Board Members Judge Chuck Simmons and Judge Keith Starrett