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Thursday, September 22, 2005
Office of Justice Programs
Contact: Office of Justice Programs
Phone: (202) 307-0703
TTY: (202) 514-1888


     WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice today announced awards of more than $25 million to plan, establish, or improve drug courts for nonviolent, substance-abusing adult and juvenile offenders. Drug court grants, administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), are part of the Administration's effort to stop drug addiction and break the cycle of crime often associated with substance abuse.

     "Drug courts are an integral part of our criminal justice system and their aim is to build safer communities, reduce recidivism, and reunite families," said Regina B. Schofield, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. "By leveraging a unique integration of public health and public safety resources, drug courts make certain substance abuse treatment assumes a central role instead of becoming a secondary disciplinary by-product."

     Drug courts provide intensive continuous judicial supervision and a coordinated and supervised delivery of a wide range of support services, such as substance abuse treatment, mental health services, and education. Participants must regularly appear in court before specially-trained judges for treatment and drug court terms and conditions compliance review. If a participant violates the terms of the court, he or she may be immediately detained and brought before the drug court judge where graduated sanctions, including incarceration, may be imposed.

     The funding announced today supports the implementation and enhancement of adult and juvenile drug courts in local jurisdictions and state agencies, and is administered by OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Implementation grants are awarded to jurisdictions that have completed planning and are ready to implement a drug court. Enhancement grants are available to jurisdictions with fully-operational drug courts that intend to improve service delivery. The grants are also available to state agencies—such as a state's administering agency, an administrative office of the court, or alcohol and drug abuse agency—to establish evaluation and automated data-collection system initiatives or to provide statewide training or other assistance.

     Earlier this year, BJA released a bulletin highlighting drug court programs that target methamphetamine abuse. The publication, Drug Courts: An Effective Strategy for Communities Facing Methamphetamine (May 2005), provides an overview of the debilitating effects of methamphetamine use, examples of successful drug court programs in areas deeply affected by methamphetamine use, and policy recommendations for implementing a drug court that will target a methamphetamine-using population. The publication is available at

     States, state and local courts, local governments, and Indian tribal governments are eligible to receive drug court grants. A list of grant recipients and award amounts follows.

     The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises five component bureaus and two offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education and the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy and OJP's American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk. More information can be found at

FY 2005 Drug Court Grants Office of Justice Programs

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Florence, AZ $450,000 Court Administration
Kykotsmovi, AZ $449,001 The Hopi Tribal Courts
Ignacio, CO $439,557 Southern Ute Tribal Court
Milton, FL $450,000 Santa Rosa Circuit Court
Frankfort, KY $450,000 Fayette/22nd Judicial Circuit
Monroe, LA $450,000 Fourth Judicial District Court
Springfield, MA $200,000 Hampden County Juvenile Court
Bel Air, MD $450,000 Family Recovery Court
Ann Arbor, MI $450,000 Washtenaw County Trial Court - Juvenile Division
Helena, MT $199,124 Court Assessment Program
Alexandria, VA $799,490 National Drug Court Institute
New York, NY $447,840 Broome County Family Court
New York, NY $439,338 Oneida County Family Court
New York, NY $185,966 Nassau County Family Court
Cleveland, OH $145,800 Juvenile Court Division
Kenton, OH $450,000 Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division
Lancaster, OH $449,077 Fairfield County Alcohol Drug Addiction/Mental Health
Sandusky, OH $68,284 Erie County Commissioners
Erie, PA $449,999 Erie County Juvenile Court
Aiken, SC $335,385 Aiken County Government
Reno, NV $649,827 National Council of Juvenile/Family Court Judges
Ashland, VA $399,646 Hanover Community Services
Kennewick, WA $450,000 Family Dependency Treatment Court
Ashland, WI $386,824 Child & Family Unit
Ft Washakie, WY $156,260 Tribal Substance Abuse Court

FY 2005 Drug Court Grants Office of Justice Programs

Bureau of Justice Assistance
Montgomery, AL $200,000 Alabama Administrative Office of Courts
Magnolia, AR $450,000 Columbia County Adult Drug Court
Flagstaff, AZ $200,000 Coconino County Superior Court
Fountain Hills, AZ $446,270 Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Oakland, CA $199,786 Superior Court of CA County of Alameda
San Diego, CA $199,926 San Diego County
District of Columbia $200,000 American University
Denver, CO $110,393 Colorado Judicial Department
Wilmington, DE $176,420 Delaware Criminal Justice Council
Miami, FL $200,000 Miami-Dade County
Cartersville, GA $150,000 Seventh Judicial District
Waterloo, IA $447,648 First Judicial Dist Dept of Correction Services
Lewiston, ID $200,000 County of Nez Perce
Urbana, IL $199,830 Champaign County
Indianapolis, IN $199,995 Indiana Judicial Department
Wichita, KS $200,000 City of Wichita
Frankfort, KY $450,000 KY Administration Office of the Courts
New Orleans, LA $200,000 Orleans Criminal District Court
Portland, MA $449,000 Maine Judicial Branch
Baltimore, MD $199,489 Circuit Court of Baltimore City
Flint, MI $318,750 Genesee County
Mankato, MN $450,000 Blue Earth County
Trenton, MO $384,770 Third Judicial Court
Natchez, MS $335,867 Sixth Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court
Great Falls, MT $450,000 Cascade County
Raleigh, NC $449,452 North Carolina Administration Office of the Courts
Fargo, ND $52,082 ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Omaha, NE $198,157 Douglas County District Court
Dover, NH $449,668 Strafford County Commissioners
Albuquerque, NM $550,000 Native American Alliance Foundation
Elko, NV $450,000 Elko County
New York, NY $100,000 National Development and Research Institute Inc
New York, NY $194,778 New York State Unified Court System
Lancaster, OH $450,000 Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug Addition & Mental Health
Oklahoma City, OK $199,937 Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Salem, OR $198,254 Oregon Office of the State Court Administrator
Washington, PA $450,000 Washington County
Knoxville, TN $199,868 Knox County
Lubbock, TX $447,999 Lubbock County
Moab, UT $448,320 Grand County Attorney
Alexandria, VA $1,596,416 National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Suffolk, VA $445,151 City of Suffolk
Williamsburg, VA $250,000 National Center for State Courts
Montpelier, VT $194,660 Vermont Office of the Court Administrator
Port Orchard, WA $199,881 Kitsap County
Suquamish, WA $449,999 Suquamish Tribe
Tony, WI $38,000 National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network
Waukesha, WI $450,000 Waukesha County
Charleston, WV $450,000 West Virginia Supreme Court
Jackson, WY $265,672 Teton County Adult Drug Court