Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $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 Dallas County Criminal Court will use drug court implementation grant funds to develop a new problem-solving court called PRIDE (Positive Recovery Intensive Divert Experience). The goal of the court is to reduce substance abuse and recidivism through a structured program of services that consist of three phases: 1) Pre-Treatment, 2) Treatment Engagement and Case Management, and 3) Discharge Planning and Graduation. The target population for the PRIDE Court are individuals residing in Dallas County who are involved in the criminal justice system, charged with misdemeanor prostitution. This area was chosen due to its high risk and high need population, including disproportionate levels of homelessness, HIV-AIDS, substance abuse and mental illness. The court will accept persons charged with misdemeanor prostitution and ones with significant substance abuse issues. The PRIDE Court also focuses on the increasing number of methamphetamine users.