FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-AG                                           DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2001                                                                        (202) 616-2777





WASHINGTON, DC - Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today, $30.9 million to plan, establish, or improve drug courts for nonviolent offenders with drug problems. Eighty-nine jurisdictions in 38 states and territories will receive grants. (See attachment)


The announcement comes at the request of President Bush, who pledged in May to increase funding to fight drug addiction through several programs, including drug courts.


"Drug courts help communities by managing offenders' behavior and breaking the cycle of drug addiction and crime," said Attorney General Ashcroft. "Drug court judges are actively involved in holding substance-abusing offenders accountable while helping to rehabilitate them and reduce recidivism."


Fifty-five jurisdictions will receive grants ranging from $166,000 up to $500,000 to implement new drug courts.  Twenty courts will receive grants ranging from $31,222 up to $300,000 to enhance their existing programs or to support statewide drug court activity.  Another 14 tribal jurisdictions will receive up to $30,000 to plan drug courts. 


Since 1995, the Justice Department's Drug Courts Program Office (DCPO) has made approximately 650 grants totaling more than $125 million.  Nearly 700 drug courts are operating in the United States and more than 430 are being planned.  All 50 states have drug courts in operation or in the planning stages. Thirty-two states have passed legislation supporting drug courts and six more are introducing legislation.  The drug court concept has also expanded to juvenile and family drug courts, DUI/DWI and tribal courts.


According to the Drug Court Clearinghouse at American University, more than 73,000 adults and 1,500 teens have graduated from drug court programs.  Recidivism rates continue to drop for graduates, with rates reported by drug courts ranging from 2 to 20 percent.  Also, in Portland, Oregon, it was found that for every $1 spent on a drug court, $2.50 is saved in standard criminal justice system costs, and when estimating broader cost savings, such as victimization and theft costs, $10 is saved.


In addition to awarding grant funding, DCPO provides training on planning adult, juvenile or family drug courts.  In FY 2001, DCPO expanded its training programs by nearly 300 percent to train more than 200 communities.  From 1995 through 2000, 446 communities received planning support and have completed the training programs.  Of these communities, 76 percent have implemented a drug court.  DCPO expects to provide training to about 150 communities in FY 2002.


Drug court participants must take frequent drug tests and meet regularly with their judges.  Drug court judges monitor offenders' treatment regimens and impose graduated sanctions, including incarceration, on those who do not comply.  Participants are expected to stay in treatment and may be ordered to participate in educational, vocational or community service activities. Offenders who graduate from drug court programs may have their charges dismissed or sentences reduced. 


About $50 million is available for drug courts in FY 2001.  The President has requested $50 million for drug courts in FY 2002.


More than 240 jurisdictions applied for funding this year: 129 were for first-time courts and 99 for enhancements.  A list of grantees, contacts and the award amounts is attached.  In addition, summaries are available describing how each grantee receiving an implementation or enhancement grant will use the funds.


Additional information about the drug court program is available on the Drug Court Program Office's Website at or by calling the Drug Court Clearinghouse on 202/885-2875. The Clearinghouse's Website is 






Katie Biber

Office of Public Affairs

US Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington DC  20530

Phone: 202/616-0908

Fax: 202/514-7971



U.S. Department of Justice

Office of Justice Programs Drug Court Planning Grants

Fiscal Year 2001



AK; Chickaloon; Chickaloon Village; $30,000; Richard Martin, 907-745-0707

CA; Hoopa; Hoopa Valley Tribal Court; $30,000; The Honorable Byron Nelson, Jr., 530-625-4305

MI; Peshawbestown; The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians; $30,000; Cindy Patek, 231-271-7371

MI; Petoskey; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians; $30,000; Dawn Shenoskey, 231-439-3828

MN; White Earth; White Earth Reservation Tribal Council; $21,362; Lori Thompson, 218-983-3285

MT; Lame Deer; Northern Cheyenne Tribe; $30,000; The Honorable John Robinson, 406-477-8340

NM; Zuni; Pueblo of Zuni; $30,000; Hayes Lewis, 505-782-3041

NM; Pueblo of Acoma; Pueblo of Acoma; $30,000; Angela Luhan, 505-552-5144

NV; Elko; Elko Band Council; $30,000; Davis Gonzalez, 775-738-8889

NV; Elko; Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone; $29,316; Felix Ike, 775-738-9251

OK; Concho; Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes; $20,880; Myrcine Mosqueda, 405-262-0345, ext. 130

OK; Pawnee; Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma; $30,000; Elray Deroin, 918-762-2631

WA; Toppenish; Yakama Nation; $29,995; Anna Ward, 509-865-5121, ext. 4552

WI; Odanah; Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians; $30,000; Janice Smart, 715-682-7107



U.S. Department of Justice

Office of Justice Programs Drug Court Implementation and Enhancement Grants

Fiscal Year 2001



AL; Russellville; Thirty-Fourth Judicial Court; I; $467,684; Eugene Pierce, 256-389-0523

AZ; Phoenix; Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County Juvenile Division; E; $214,696; Ray Wells, 602-506-5815

AZ; Flagstaff; Coconino County; I; $326,146; Gary Krcmarik, 520-226-6050

AZ; Yuma; Yuma County Juvenile Court; I; $472,959; Tim Hardy, 520-314-1813

AZ; Kykotsmovi; The Hopi Tribe; I; $496,880; Wilbur Maho, 520-738-5171

AZ; Peach Springs; Hualapai Tribe; E; $229,350; The Honorable Jan Morris, 520-769-2338

AZ; Window Rock; Navajo Nation Judicial Branch; I; $500,000; Ernest Begay, 520-871-7013

CA; Merced; County of Merced; I; $500,000; Troy Dean Fox, 209-381-6809

CA; Willows; Glenn County; E; $273,743; Linda Shelton, 530-934-6416

CA; Salinas; Monterey County; E; $263,434; Duane Tanner, 831-755-3900

CA; Novato; Marin County; I; $499,894; Donna Pierce, 415-499-6652

CO; Fort Collins; Eighth Judicial District; E; $299,770; Dee Colombini, 970-498-6285

FL; Orlando; Orange County Board of County Commissioners; I; $499,998; Terry Turner, 407-836-0501

FL; Inverness; Fifth Judicial Circuit; I; $418,960; Raymond Cox, 352-341-6721

FL; West Palm Beach; Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission; I; $500,000; L. Diana Cunningham, 561-355-4943

FL; Palatka; Putnam County; I; $499,258; Linda Myers, 904-329-0212

GA; Columbus; Muscogee County Juvenile Court; I; $473,857; Carol Scherer, 706-653-4432

GA; Covington; Newton County Board of Commissioners; E; $162,001; The Honorable Billy Waters, 770-784-2060

GU; Hagatna; Government of Guam; I; $496,036; The Honorable Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson, 671-475-3346

HI; Honolulu; Hawaii State Judiciary; I; $500,000; Lillian Schmidt, 808-244-2925

IA; Sioux City; Juvenile Court Services Third Judicial District; E; $297,166; Bridget Hayes, 712-279-6586

ID; Boise; Idaho Supreme Court; E; $299,880; Patricia Tobias, 208-334-2246

IN; Greenwood; City of Greenwood; I; $491,100; The Honorable Lewis Gregory, 317-865-8244

IN; Bloomington; Monroe County Government; I; $500,000; Linda Brady, 812-349-2645

IN; Bedford; Lawrence County; I; $499,605; Andrea McCord, 812-275-2421

KY; Frankfort; Administrative Office of the Courts-Fayette County; I; $467,066; The Honorable David Hayse, 859-246-2247

KY; Frankfort; Administrative Office of the Courts - Laurel and Knox Counties; I; $461,748; The Honorable Rod Messer, 606-878-8111

KY; Frankfort; Administrative Office of the Courts - Russell, Wayne and Clinton Counties; I; $458,448; The Honorable Eddie Lovelace, 606-387-5986

LA; Franklin; Louisiana Sixteenth Judicial District Fairview Treatment Center; I; $499,216; Lars Levy, 504-395-6750

LA; Lake Charles; Calcasieu Parish Police Jury; I; $498,500; Vi Martin, 337-478-1550

LA; Covington; Twenty-Second Judicial District Court; I; $498,644; Rob Carlisle, 985-893-6113

LA; Mansfield; Eleventh Judicial District Court; I; $455,498; Judi Christian, 318-872-1366

LA; Houma; Thirty-Second Judicial District Court; I; $498,000; The Honorable John Walker, 985-873-6550

MA; Boston; Massachusetts Trial Court; E; $299,417; Sandra Souza, 617-878-0362

MD; Bel Air; Harford County; I; $166,000; Joseph Ryan; 410-638-3333

MO; St. Joseph; Buchanan County Juvenile Office; I; $498,011; Chad Campbell, 816-271-1421

MO; St. Charles; St. Charles County; I; $485,640; William Bader, 636-949-7458

MO; St. Louis; St. Louis Drug Court; E; $182,143; Jane Geiler, 314-613-7183

MT; Harlem; Fort Belknap Community Council; I; $495,707; Terry Healy, 406-353-8413

NC; Greensboro; State of North Carolina; I; $499,914; Wheaton Pike, 336-574-4335, ext. 5

NC; Raleigh; North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts -  New Hanover County, Warren, Person/Caswell, Wake, Durham, Forsyth and Mecklenburg; E; $297,516; Randolph Monchick, 919-715-4876

ND; Bismarck; North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation- Division of Field Services; I; $286,154; Patrick Bohn, 701-328-6664

NE; Lincoln; Nebraska State Probation; I; $500,000; Edward Birkel, 402-471-4928

NE; Lincoln; Lancaster County; I; $493,453; Gary Lacey, 402-441-7321

NM; Farmington; Eleventh Judicial District; I; $485,014; George Dire, 505-599-9112, ext.  140

NV; Nixon; Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe; I; $481,227; Jon Pishion, 775-574-1000

NY; New York; New York State Unified Court System - Canandaigua City Court; I; $235,711; Michael Magnani, 212-428-2109

NY; New York; New York State Unified Court System - Lackawanna City Court; E; $31,222; Michael Magnani, 212-428-2109

NY; New York; New York State Unified Court System - Eighth Judicial District; E; $257,800; Michael Magnani, 212-428-2109

NY; New York; New York State Unified Court System - Monroe County; E; $293,065; Michael Magnani, 212-428-2109

NY; New York; New York State Unified Court System - Otsego County; I; $466,222; Michael Magnani, 212-428-2109

OH; St. Clairsville; Belmont County Common Pleas Court; E; $225,000; Marcia Stahl, 740-695-2121, ext. 107

OH; Logan; Hocking County Municipal Court; I; $499,839; Stephen Thomas, 740-594-2276

OH; Sandusky; Erie County Court of Common Pleas; E; $240,617; Mary Zimmerman, 419-624-6909

OH; McArthur; Vinton County; I; $499,958; Stephen Thomas, 740-594-2276

OH; Akron; Summit County; I; $484,586; James Lawrence, 330-535-8116

OK; Okmulgee; Muscogee Creek Nation; E; $137,629; L. Susan Work, 918-756-8700

OK; Norman; District Attorney's Office Twenty-First Judicial District; I; $500,000; Ronald Boone, 405-321-8268

OR; Oregon City; Clackamas County (Juvenile); I; $491,866; Michael Luna; 503-655-8342, ext. 7123

OR; Salem; Oregon Judicial Department - Salem-Marion County; I; $500,000; Deanine Benitz, 503-589-3258

OR; Oregon City; Oregon Judicial Department - Clackamas County (Adult); I; $479,304; James Shofner, 503-655-8670

OR; Vale; Oregon Judicial Department - Malheur County; I; $500,000; The Honorable J. Burdette Pratt, 541-473-5194

PA; Erie; Erie County; I; $372,443; Judith Lynch, 814-451-6333

PR; San Juan; Puerto Rico Department of Justice; E; $283,124; Rocio Rivera, 787-729-2269

RI; Providence; State of Rhode Island; I; $500,000; Susan Revens, 401-222-3288

TN; Gallatin; Sumner County; I; $308,320; Joe Kerinuk, 615-230-7618

UT; St. George; Washington County; I; $473,190; Calvin Robinson, 435-634-5712

VA; Portsmouth; Third Judicial Circuit; I; $499,627; The Honorable Johnny Morrison, 757-393-8149

VA; Chesterfield; Chesterfield County; I; $490,543; Tara Kunkel, 804-717-6801

VA; Newport News; City of Newport News; I; $449,256; Larry Robinson, 757-926-8717

WA; Yakima; Yakima County; I; $499,997; Theresa Doty, 509-574-1805

WA; Bellingham; Whatcom County; I; $500,000; N.F. Jackson, 360-676-6777

WA; Wellpinit; Spokane Tribe of Indians; E; $299,900; Alfred Peone, 509-258-7717

WY; Gillette; Campbell County; I; $498,723; Mike Fuller, 307-682-4310