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Conference of Chief Justices Urge Funding For Drug Courts

The Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ)  and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) have recently called for greatly increased federal funding for drug courts.  At their Annual meeting in August, 2009, Resolution No.3 passed unanimously , reaffirming support for drug and problem-solving courts and calling for passage of  NADCP’s $250 million appropriations request then be considered by the Congress. Interestingly, CCJ Resolution No.3 once again specifically states that ” drug courts have proven to be the most effective strategy for reducing drug use and criminal recidivism among criminal offenders with substance abuse and addiction….”. That statement (appearing verbatim in the 2000 resolution) would appear to  support the position that reentry courts (the next generation of drug court), needs to receive substantial federal funding as well.

For the language of CCJ Resolution No.3  go to: Resolution 3

Also see CCJ/COSCA Resolution 22 ( passed unanimously in 2000)

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