Drug Court Month

5/1/2014

WHEREAS, drug courts are a judicially supervised, cost-effective, collaborative approach to addressing the needs of individuals with substance abuse disorders; and 

WHEREAS, drug courts promote public safety, ensure accountability, and transform court involved individuals into productive members of the community; and

WHEREAS, drug courts combine judicial accountability and evidence-based practices to effectively intervene against substance abuse and related crimes; and

WHEREAS, drug courts provide focus and leadership for community-wide partnerships, bringing public safety and public health professionals together in the fight against substance abuse and criminality; and 

WHEREAS, results of more than 100 program evaluations, at least four meta-analytic studies, as well as the October 2012 Cost Benefit Analysis on Virginia Adult Drug Treatment Court completed by the National Center for State Courts, have yielded definitive evidence that drug courts significantly improve substance abuse treatment outcomes, substantially reduce drug abuse and crime, and do so at less expense than any other justice strategy; and

WHEREAS, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, substance abuse and rehabilitation professionals, law enforcement and community supervision personnel, researchers and educators, and others dedicated to drug courts are improving lives and restoring communities across our Commonwealth; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2014 as DRUG COURT MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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