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DRUG COURTS

WHEREAS, drug courts are an alternative approach to the management of substance-abusing offenders in the criminal-justice system; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the successful prosecution of all criminal violations; and

WHEREAS, because deterrence remains at the core of the criminal-justice system, drug courts should be structured with performance-based accountability as a key, and drug-court programs should be considered for appropriate substance-abusing offenders only when there is a reasonable likelihood of increasing public safety and reducing recidivism; and

WHEREAS, graduated sanctions, up to and including incarceration and expulsion, are necessary components to an effective drug-court program; and

WHEREAS, effective drug-court programs often provide more comprehensive and closer supervision of substance-abusing offenders than other forms of supervision; and

WHEREAS, effective drug courts have been successful in bridging the gap between the court and the treatment and public-health systems, creating greater cooperation between agencies, the community, and the criminal-justice system; and

WHEREAS, the judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment and rehabilitation professionals, law enforcement and corrections personnel, researchers and educators, national and community leaders and others dedicated to the movement have had a profound impact through hard work and commitment to their communities; and

WHEREAS, the drug court movement has grown from the 12 original drug courts in 1994 to nearly 400 drug courts nationally, with many more in the planning stages,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the establishment and funding of effective and proven drug-court programs as an option that enhances public safety and helps reduce crime; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any drug-court program must include prosecutor leadership and performance-based accountability.

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