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Snyder/Union Counties (17th Judicial District) Drug Treatment Court

Award Information

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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.

Union and Snyder Counties are uniquely similar rural counties located in the central portion of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a total population of approximately 80,000 people. Together they form the 17th Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Over the past several years, the Judicial District has experienced a continuing increase in drug trafficking and related criminal activity.

The Snyder Union Drug Treatment Court (SUDTC) will use their 2008 Drug Court funds to integrate drug treatment services with justice case processing, by implementing a drug court as part of sentencing of intermediate punishment. Clients will be sentenced to a term of intermediate punishment that will include a mandate to drug court followed by probation after graduation from drug court.

Eligible applicants will be placed into Drug Treatment Court within 30 days of their scheduled preliminary hearing. Eligible applicants will have non-violent misdemeanor or felony offenses that resulted from their substance abuse problem including any drug-related offenses. No past convictions defined as violent by federal regulations or deemed violent by the District Attorney's office or sex offenses will be accepted. Offenders must be residents of the Judicial District in order to be eligible for Drug Treatment Court.


Date Created: August 21, 2008