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CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 310-2590

 FEBRUARY 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Attorney Thad Toups of Thibodaux was administered the oath of office by Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John Weimer today who swore-in Toups as president of the Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals (LADCP). Toups has been an integral member of the drug court team in Lafourche Parish for many years. LADCP is a statewide organization which partners with the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Drug Court Office to provide training opportunities to Louisiana Drug Court Professionals and to promote and encourage the use of best practices in drug courts.


“In addition to being a respected Assistant District Attorney in Lafourche Parish, Thad Toups is recognized nationally and locally as a leader in substance abuse education, prevention and treatment. In 2011 he received the National DWI Court Leadership Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and he is a founding member of the LADCP,” Weimer said.


Toups received his undergraduate degree from Nicholls State University in 1973 and his law degree from LSU Law School in 1976. He has served over 32 years as an Assistant District Attorney for Lafourche Parish and the 17th Judicial Distirct, having prosecuted one fourth of all criminal cases in Lafourche Parish from 1983–2000. Additionally, Toups headed the drug education and prevention programs of the District Attorney’s Office including: the Drug Court Treatment Division and the Domino Effect Program, an instructional program on alcohol and drug abuse for high school seniors.


According to Justice Weimer, Louisiana’s drug courts are also a true point of pride. There are currently 50 drug court programs in 42 parishes which operate under the auspices of the Louisiana Supreme Court, with 40 programs in operation for 10 years or longer. The benefits of this alternative to incarceration includes a reduction in crime and recidivism, as well as being cost-effective — every $1.00 invested in drug court programs returns an average of $3.36 in benefits of avoided justice system costs.

“The 30 adult drug courts, 17 juvenile drug courts and 3 family preservation drug courts keep Louisiana judges busy,” Weimer added, “as judges preside over these courts in addition to their regular dockets with no additional compensation.” More than 11,500 clients have graduated from the Louisiana drug court program since its inception in 2001.


For more information about the LADCP contact, Lars Levy at 985.518.1279. For more information about the Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court Program contact, Kerry Lentini at 504.568.2025.


Thad Toups, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Justice John L. Weimer Justice John L. Weimer, Thad Toups
Thad Toups, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Justice John L. Weimer
Justice John L. Weimer, Thad Toups


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