Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $100,000)
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 Montgomery County Commission will support the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama's Adult Drug Court. They will expand their Adult Drug Court Treatment Program to serve an increased number of adult, felony substance using/abusing offenders in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Commission will increase the number of offenders who are administered chemical dependency assessments, increase the docket of the felony Adult Drug Court, increase the number of offenders successfully completing the Drug Court program, and address the special needs of substance dependent offenders who are also returning war veterans. The Montgomery County Commission will refer more offenders who apply for chemical dependency assessments to the Drug Court, expand the capacity of the Drug Court to provide intensive outpatient treatment to offenders, and expand the capacity of the Drug Court to accommodate offenders in need of residential substance dependence intervention. The project will improve the functioning of the local criminal justice system.