FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2002                                                   202/307-0703





WASHINGTON, DC – Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today that 10 California jurisdictions will receive a total of $4,000,886 to support drug courts.  The California awards were among 94 grants totaling $34.19 million to plan, establish or improve drug courts for nonviolent, substance-abusing, adult and juvenile offenders.  Thirty-one states, including California, and 2 territories will receive the funds.


The drug court grants, awarded by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), are part of the Administration’s efforts to stop drug addiction and break the cycle of crime often associated with substance abuse.


“Drug courts are a valuable tool for communities fighting substance abuse and drug-related crime,” said Attorney General Ashcroft.  “Through intensive judicial supervision, drug treatment and graduated sanctions, drug courts are holding nonviolent drug offenders accountable, while helping them to lead productive lives.”


Within California, the Superior Court of California Solano County Drug Courts will receive $499,992, the Napa County Health and Human Services Agency will receive $500,000, the County of San Bernardino will receive two grants: the Barstow Superior Court Drug Court Programs Office will receive $489,352 and the Fontana Superior Court Drug Court Programs Office will receive $489,352, the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department will receive $483,000 and the Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin in Stockton will receive $486,440 to implement drug courts.  The Contra Costa County Health Services Department in Martinez will receive $157,670, the Judicial Council of California Administrative Office of the

Courts in San Francisco will receive $297,625 and the Superior Court of California, County of

Santa Clara Administration in San Jose will receive $300,000 and the County of Yolo Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services in Woodland will receive $297,455 for drug court enhancements.  Information describing how these jurisdictions will use the funds is available on OJP’s Website at


Since 1989, more than 1,000 jurisdictions have established or are planning to establish a drug court, which is a specially designed court calendar or docket.  Currently, every state either

has a drug court or is planning a drug court.


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. 


“Local groups of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment professionals and law enforcement officials are using the power of the criminal justice system to alter criminal behavior among nonviolent drug offenders,” added Ashcroft. 


Nationally, sixty-six jurisdictions will receive grants ranging from $159,211 up to $500,000 to implement new drug courts.  Eighteen 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 10 tribal jurisdictions will receive up to $30,000 to plan drug courts.


Drug court grant recipients are required by law to serve only nonviolent offenders.  Since 1995, OJP has awarded more than $160 million to approximately 600 communities to support the planning, implementation or enhancement of an adult, juvenile, family, tribal or DUI drug court.           In addition to awarding grant funding, OJP will provide training on planning adult,

juvenile or family drug courts through its 2002 Drug Court Planning Initiative (DCPI). 

Approximately 1,600 state and local representatives from more than 120 jurisdictions will participate in three separate training workshops (a total of 65 workshops) to plan a drug court.  From 1995 through 2001, 503 communities completed the planning training programs.  Of these communities, 281 have implemented a drug court and 217 are currently planning to implement a drug court.


More information about the Drug Courts Program and other OJP programs is available on OJP’s website at




After hours contact: Linda Mansour on 202/616-3534