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Poarch Band of Creek Indians Drug Court Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $121,937)

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 Poarch Band of Creek Indians began its Drug Court in 1997. The Drug Court has four phases including a continuing care and after care component. Each phase consists of a ninety day period, with the exception of the continuing care component that allows participants to remain in this phase for as long as requested. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Court will use awarded grant funds to improve drug and alcohol testing procedures, transitional housing, cultural competency, and provide training for a new judge and staff. New computer equipment and more efficient drug testing equipment will be purchased to improve testing accuracy. New cultural programs will be developed and incorporated into the tribe's program and the drug court team will develop guidelines and policies for transitional housing and emergency assistance for participants. In addition, training materials specific to after-care will be purchased.


Date Created: July 22, 2009