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National Drug Court Month

Drug courts reduce crime by 35%

May is National Drug Court Month. The Justice Programs Office, our National Drug Court Resource Center (NDCRC), and our Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance Initiative (JDTC TTA) will be celebrating the enormous successes of treatment courts as rehabilitative alternatives to prison all month long.

Learn more about drug courts and how our teams train, advise, and provide helpful resources to adult and juvenile drug courts by visiting NDCRC's website and JDTC TTA's website.

Keep up with NDCRC by following @TheNDCRC on Twitter and with JDTC TTA by following @JuvDTC.

Preeti on Just Science

To kick off National Drug Court Month, JPO's Senior Associate Director Preeti Menon was interviewed by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence's Just Science podcast on the critical importance of drug courts.

The topics they discussed ranged from the different kinds of treatment courts, research showing the effectiveness of drug courts at reducing recidivism, and how the model is transforming and reacting in light of the opioid crisis.

The podcast is available now and can be found by visiting Just Science's podcast page.

Just Thoughts

Visit our blog throughout the month of May for a weekly drug court related blog post, and don't miss guests posts later this month from:

  • Jeffrey N. Kushner, MPHA, Statewide Drug Court Administrator, State of Montana
  • Lauren van Schilfgaarde, Tribal Law Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute
  • Angela Plunkett, Treatment Court Unit Supervisor, Court Business Services Division, Office of State Courts Administrator

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Join JPO for a Webinar on Law Enforcement and Treatment Courts

Law enforcement webinar

Law enforcement is often the first point of contact Americans have with the justice system. For those at risk of substance dependence, this can be a key interaction affecting future treatment. Approximately 1.5 million individuals arrested each year are at such a risk, and JPO's National Drug Resource Center is hosting a webinar to examine how law enforcement can be an integral tool in treatment courts' efforts. 

Join us Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM for
"To Serve, Protect, and Treat: Law Enforcement and Treatment Courts," where we will bring together practitioners and experts who to discuss ways to partner with local law enforcement and engage them in the treatment court process. This means not only educating them about how treatment courts operate but giving them the tools to advocate for these programs every day in the field to those who need them.

Just Thoughts blog

Luck or Hard Work

Was it luck or a self-fulling prophecy because we worked hard to achieve all our goals? I would like to think it’s a bit of both.

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May 2018

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Veterans' Justice and Mental Health Newsletter

JPO's NDCRC has a new monthly newsletter focused on resources related to behavioral health, mental health, and criminal justice issues faced by veterans and military personnel.