|National Drug Court Month Week 1 Recap
As the first week of National Drug Court Month concludes, we are overwhelmed by the incredible headlines of hope and recovery from across the country. Treatment courts from coast to coast are sharing their stories of lives saved and communities transformed, holding graduations and community events that build public support. We’ve also been impressed with the powerful submissions to our Art of Recovery contest. To learn more and submit your work, click here.
|The Bureau of Justice Assistance touts 30 Years of treatment courts: “Justice Reform That Works”
BJA published a remarkable blog post highlighting the enduring success of treatment courts and the crucial role of the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program in helping the movement thrive. The piece quotes BJA Director Karhlton Moore saying, “One of BJA’s great strengths is supporting innovative local programs and then spreading the lessons learned from them around the country. BJA programs promote fresh thinking and new experiences, and then help these insights achieve widespread acceptance and adoption. Drug court is a terrific example of how this process works.”
|Chief Justices from Nebraska and North Carolina issued proclamations declaring May National Drug Court Month
Said North Carolina Chief Justice Paul Newby: “North Carolina’s treatment courts have been working to restore lives and families for 27 years. We set aside this month to raise awareness that treatment courts can help break the cycle of addiction and crime and encourage hope and healing through recovery.”
|Hawaii’s Kona Drug Court team visits and thanks businesses hiring treatment court graduates
In this unique celebration, Hawaii drug court Judge Wendy DeWeese toured local businesses and learned how they help individuals in recovery. Judge DeWeese thanked business owners for not giving up on treatment court participants and alumni, saying, “It’s really encouraging the business owners are willing to give third and fourth chances and don’t judge or stigmatize.”
|Pierce County, WA launches new mental health court
The nation’s newest treatment court launched this week! The Pierce County, Washington Mental Health Court will continue the county’s strong support for treatment courts with a focus on justice-involved individuals with mental health disorders. Judge Kevin A. McCann said, “We know from experience that the members of our community who suffer from mental illness will benefit from this structured path away from criminality. We are reforming our criminal justice system for the better.”
|Congratulations to the Adams County, Illinois Drug Court on its 119th graduate!
Tashia expressed her gratitude to the program saying, “It’s given me a great support system, so that I’m able to lean on people in my life that care about me, that truly care about me.”
|HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: “Recovery Court promotes hope, healing in community”
Read this great piece out of Tennessee here.
|Share your National Drug Court Month success!
NADCP wants to hear from you. Let us know what you are up to during National Drug Court Month and help your program get featured in our weekly roundup. Click here for submissions.