Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $350,000)
The Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program is designed to assist states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments in developing and establishing drug courts for substance-abusing adult and juvenile offenders. Drug court programs funded by the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program are required by law to target nonviolent offenders. The program supports the following activities: adult drug court implementation, single jurisdiction drug court enhancement, statewide drug court enhancement, and planning efforts.
The South Dakota Office of the Governor will the direct the grant funds to the Fourth Judicial Circuit of South Dakota. The Fourth Judicial Circuit will use grant funds to implement the Northern Hills Drug Court. The Fourth Judicial Circuit is a very rural area, and is facing a growing methamphetamine problem. The funds will be used to secure substance abuse treatment services from local alcohol and drug treatment providers. A dedicated team of professionals has developed a drug court program that will increase community safety, foster healthy families, and better coordinate services.