U.S. Drug Czar Addresses 2,500 Drug Court Professionals, Voices Strong Support for Expanding Drug Courts Throughout the Nation
Speaking in front of a crowd representing every U.S. state and territory, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director
There are currently 2,301 Drug Courts annually serving 120,000 people per year. Drug Courts strike the proper balance between the need to protect public safety and the need to improve public health by treating offenders involved with the criminal justice system as a result of their addiction. In doing so, Drug Courts significantly reduce drug abuse and crime and do so at less expense than any other justice strategy. Drug Courts save
“It is an honor for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals to welcome Director Kerlikowske to
About the National Association of Drug Court Professionals
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), a not-for-profit organization located in the Nation’s Capital, was founded in 1994 by a group of judicial visionaries to reverse the growing impact of drug-related crime. They created a court model using a combination of accountability and treatment to compel and support drug-using offenders to change their lives. From that vision emerged the Drug Court movement and NADCP. In 1997, NADCP and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) then partnered to create the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI), the professional services branch of NADCP. Today, with 2,301 Drug Courts and another 1,191 problem-solving courts (mental health courts, community courts, reentry courts, DWI courts, etc.) in operation in all 50 states and U.S. territories, the NADCP has forever changed the face of the justice system.
NADCP is the premier national membership, training and advocacy organization for Drug Courts, representing over 22,000 multi-disciplinary Drug Court professionals. NADCP hosts the largest annual training conference on drugs and crime in the nation and provides 130 Drug Court training and technical assistance events, benefiting tens of thousands of drug court professionals each year. NADCP/NDCI continues to write, publish, and disseminate scholastic and practical publications that are critical to the ongoing growth and fidelity of the Drug Court model. NADCP works tirelessly on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures to transform the American justice system through policy, legislation and appropriations.
SOURCE National Association of Drug Court Professionals