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Drug Court Enhancement Project- Madison County, Alabama

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $175,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The Madison County Commission will use this FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award to enhance service delivery and offender supervision within the existing adult offender drug court in Madison County. The funds will be used to provide the necessary clinical expertise to deliver offender-appropriate clinical services; to improve relapse prevention and detection by enhancing drug testing services; to provide resources for the expansion of drug court operations to include a reintegration population from Alabama Department of Corrections' Facilities and the Madison County Metro Jail; and to provide continuing professional development and training to members of the drug court staff. To achieve these goals the Madison County Drug Court will: create the position of clinical services coordinator; provide drug lab staffing and supplies necessary for the testing of indigent participants- and to provide drug testing and after normal business hours; populate the drug court with up to 50 drug offenders for community reintegration; and provide training for key personnel via opportunities made available by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Drug Court Institute. These activities represent an expansion of service delivery within the current operational drug court, and on their face represent a level goal attainment (enhanced service delivery). The goals implicit in expanded service delivery - relapse monitoring and prevention, offender recovery and change, recidivism reduction, reintegration of offenders, and improved drug court outcomes - are measurable and reportable.


Date Created: September 21, 2009