CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| MAY 6, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court Office will hold a New Drug Court Training in Monroe, Louisiana during the week of May 5, 2008. Three judicial districts have applied for funding to implement new drug court programs for FY 2008-09. The 3rd and 10th Judicial Districts, which currently have adult drug court programs in operation, have applied for funding to implement juvenile drug court programs in their jurisdictions. The 37th Judicial District has applied for funding to implement an adult drug court program, which will be the first drug court program in this jurisdiction.
According to the Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court Program Director, Scott Griffith, “Jurisdictions interested in establishing a drug court program must go through extensive training related to program design, drug testing, substance abuse treatment, drug court case management, and fund administration. Each drug court program is comprised of a team which is led by the drug court judge and includes a drug court coordinator, treatment staff, prosecutors, public defenders, law enforcement representatives, case managers, and others who work together to ensure that the program operates according to all applicable standards and policies.”
The training, which will be conducted by National Drug Court Institute faculty, will be hosted by Judge Sharon Ingram Marchman, who serves as both the adult and juvenile drug court judge in the 4th Judicial District, and members of her drug court teams. Judge Marchman was recently awarded the prestigious Jake Hadley Award for her dedication and outstanding service to the drug court field at the 2008 Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference.
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