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About the Drug Courts Program Office

NCJ Number
Date Published
June 2000
2 pages
The Drug Courts Program Office (DCPO) was established in 1995 to implement and support provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, an act that authorizes grants for the development and establishment of drug courts.
The Drug Court Grant Program is a competitive, discretionary grant program designed to help communities plan, implement, or enhance drug courts. Between 1995 and 2000, more than 275 adult, driving under the influence, family, juvenile, or tribal drug courts became operational with support from the DCPO. The Drug Court Grant Program assists jurisdictions in establishing non-adversarial programs that provide early identification, referral, and screening; intensive, continuous judicial supervision; frequent random drug testing; coordinated, comprehensive, and appropriate substance abuse treatment services; regular status hearings at which the supervising judicial official reviews the progress of each participating defendant; appropriate and specific responses to a defendant's compliance or noncompliance with drug court program requirements; and ongoing criminal justice supervision. Training and technical assistance are also available through the DCPO.