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Birmingham Municipal Adult Drug Treatment Court

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $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 Birmingham Municipal Court will use the Fiscal Year 2008 Single Jurisdiction Drug Court Implementation grant to fund personnel and resource costs necessary for the planning and implementation of the Birmingham Municipal Adult Drug Treatment Court (BMADTC). Birmingham is the largest city in the State of Alabama and substance abuse is a common denominator in the majority of offenses committed within the metropolitan area. Drug offenses are overburdening the city's judicial system by overcrowding jails, backlogging cases, and delaying the overall administration of justice. The BMADTC will be a court-supervised, treatment-oriented program targeting non-violent substance abuse offenders. The program will be voluntary and offer several levels of intervention including regular court appearances before the drug court judge, drug testing, individual and group counseling, and regular attendance at 12-step meetings. Successful completion and graduation from the BMADTC program will dismiss the offender's original charges and/or terminate probation.


Date Created: September 22, 2008