CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| JUNE 5, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In a joint resolution issued today, the Louisiana legislature commended the Louisiana Supreme Court for administering drug courts in the state since 2001 and for collaborating with Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals (LADCP) to ensure accountability and promote best practices in Louisiana drug courts. House Concurrent Resolution No. 216, was authored by Representative Chuck Kleckley and Senator John Alario.
The resolution noted, “The partnership between the LADCP and the Louisiana Supreme Court has made
Louisiana’s drug courts some of the best and most progressive in the country and the information on national best practices shared at staff training opportunities has drawn interest from drug courts in other states.”
According to Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson, “National research has shown significant reductions in recidivism for participants in drug courts compared to those sentenced to conventional justice interventions. The success of Louisiana drug courts is proven in the 2014 numbers. More than 90% of the drug court clients had no new criminal convictions two years after graduation from Louisiana drug courts in 2012.”
Nearly 5,000 individuals participated in Louisiana drug courts in 2014 and more than 11,500 have graduated from Louisiana drug courts since their inception. As of January 1, 2015, there were 50 drug court programs - 30 adult, 17 juvenile and three family preservation – operational in 42 parishes in Louisiana. Each program is comprised of a drug court team, which is led by a drug court judge, as well as drug court professionals that include: a drug court coordinator, treatment staff, prosecutors, public defenders, law enforcement representatives, case managers and others. The team works together to operate pursuant to all applicable standards and policies while providing each participant with the substance abuse treatment and ancillary services they need.
“Louisiana Drug court judges preside over these time-consuming drug court dockets in addition to their civil, criminal, juvenile or family court dockets without any extra compensation. This commendation is a much appreciated recognition of their ongoing efforts and hard work,“ Chief Justice Johnson added.
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