Drug Court Expansion Legislation to be Heard on MondaySee related Grits posts:Helping Adults and Youth Free themselves from Drug Addiction
It is with pleasure that we inform you that H.B. 530 – a bill by Chairman Jerry Madden and Representative Eddie Rodriguez, relating to the operation and funding of drug court programs – will be heard in the House Corrections Committee on Monday, February 26, 2007, at 10:00am or upon final adjournment of the House of Representatives, in room E.2016.
Drug Courts Work: Drug courts are a proven effective diversion program for individuals who suffer from drug addiction. This program involves intensive interaction between offenders and judges, more comprehensive supervision, routine drug testing, immediate sanctions for violations, and meaningful incentives for good behavior.Texas Needs More Programs that Work: Although the drug court program has been highly successful and immensely popular in the handful of places they are in operation in Texas, they are still unavailable in many counties. Given drug courts’ proven success at eliminating addiction and reducing criminal recidivism, Texas must establish and institutionalize the drug court model more widely.
Advantages of drug court programs:
- Drug courts are far less expensive than incarceration.
- Drug court programs will address the prison overcrowding crisis.
- Drug court programs successfully reduce drug abuse and recidivism.
- Drug courts encourage personal responsibility.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Bill to expand drug courts up on Monday
Via email I just received this notice from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition about HB 530, a bill authorizing the expansion of drug courts in Texas, which is up Monday in the House Corrections Committee. Here's what TCJC had to say: