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More than $22 million in funding allocated to adult drug courts

October 7, 2010
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Washington, DC — OJP's Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson announced that more than $22.4 million in FY2010 funding will go to adult drug courts.

"We know that drug courts are central to reducing drug abuse and to keeping communities safe, and that's why I'm pleased that OJP, through its Bureau of Justice Assistance, has awarded 83 grants totaling more than 22.4 million to provide for new adult drug courts and to enhance existing adult drug courts," Assistant Attorney General Robinson said at the Coalition of State Drug Court Coordinators meeting in Washington, D.C. She also noted, "Our National Institute of Justice recently released preliminary findings from its five-year, multi-site evaluation of adult drug courts. The early analysis shows that after six months, and again after 18 months, drug court participants reported less drug-related and criminal activity."

Adult drug courts combine substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a court-supervised setting with jurisdiction over nonviolent, substance-abusing offenders.