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Drug court programs get $42 million

The Justice Department said Wednesday it has awarded more than $18 million to continue special drug courts in 42 states.

The courts “integrate judicial supervision — including sanctions with substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing and transitional services to help non-violent, substance-abusing offenders break free of crime and drug addiction,” the department said in its announcement.

The majority of the 31 drug court grants in 2004 ($13.16 million), were awarded to jurisdictions for drug court implementation. Another 30 grants ($4.97 million) were awarded to enhance or expand existing drug courts.

Ten jurisdictions received more than $3.85 million to create family drug courts, the department said.

Grants for up to $400,000 were available to implement drug courts and grants for up to $200,000 were available to enhance existing drug courts.

A new report on drug courts, “Painting the Current Picture: A National Report Card on Drug Courts and Other Problem Solving Court Programs,” is accessible at

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