Sending Office: Honorable Zoe Lofgren
DEADLINE TO SIGN ON: TUES. MARCH 26 COB
*** These are Programmatic Requests. Members will be required to submit the two requests online by the CJS submission deadline on April 1. ***
Please join us in requesting continued funding for the Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program and Veterans Treatment Courts in FY 2020 by signing the letter included below to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations
Subcommittee. For over twenty-five years Drug Courts, and now more recently Veterans Treatment Courts, have successfully reduced crime, saved billions of tax dollars, and have transformed the lives over 1.5 million citizens and veterans. Today they need your
America’s 2,800 Drug Courts and 220 Veterans Treatment Courts will save the lives of over 150,000 people this year, and save millions of dollars for the public. There are, however, over 1 million offenders and justice-involved veterans who would benefit
from these programs but are unable to gain access because of insufficient funding. Let’s ensure that the FY 2020 appropriations continue to support the life-saving work of these critical programs.
- Drug Courts require nonviolent, drug addicted offenders to remain in treatment, submit to random drug testing while under intensive judicial supervision.
- Veterans Treatment Courts have emerged as an effective strategy for responding to justice-involved veterans who suffer substance abuse, mental illness, and/or trauma.
- Drug Courts have been cited among the most fiscally responsible methods for breaking the cycle of drugs and crime.
- The U.S. General Accountability Office has confirmed that Drug Courts reduce crime by up to 58%.
Congressional support for Drug Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts has a long bipartisan history, and funding for these programs has been consistent since their inception. When a program reduces crime, saves money, and restores lives let’s ensure funding
is available to continue its critical work.
FY19 Signers: Lofgren, Gowdy, Allen, Bera, Beyer,
Blumenauer, Bordallo, Brat, Brooks, Butterfield, Carbajal, Carson, Chu, Clarke,
Clay, Coffman, Cohen, D. Collins, Comstock, Conyers, Cramer,
Crist, Cummings, D. Davis, S. Davis, DeFazio,
Ellison, Emmer, Engel, Fitzpatrick, Foster, Fudge,
Gabbard, Garamendi, Gosar, A. Green, Grijalva, Hice,
B. Higgins, Jayapal, L. Jenkins, Jones, R. Kelly,
Kennedy, Khanna, Kuster, Lee, Levin,
Lipinski, Lynch, S. Maloney, Marino, Matsui,
McNerney, Moore, Norcross, Norton, Payne,
Perlmutter, Pingree, Plaskett, Raskin, K. Rice,
Richmond, Roe, Rush, Schakowsky, D. Scott,
Sewell, Shea-Porter, Sinema, Slaughter, C. Smith, Stivers,
Suozzi, Swalwell, Takano, G. Thompson, Tipton, Tsongas,
Vela, Veasey, Webster, Walden, Walz, Watson Coleman,
Welch, F. Wilson, Yarmuth, D. Young
Please contact Arlet.Abrahamian@mail.house.gov with Rep. Zoe Lofgren or Sally.Larson@mail.house.gov with Rep. Doug Collins by Tuesday, March 26, COB to sign the letter below or for any additional information.
Zoe Lofgren Doug Collins
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Dear Chairman Serrano and Ranking Member Aderholt,
Drug courts and veterans treatment courts unite public health and public safety to transform the justice system’s response to addiction and mental illness by offering an evidence-based alternative to incarceration that combines treatment and accountability.
Drug courts and veterans treatment courts have saved billions of tax dollars and transformed the lives of more than 1.5 million citizens and veterans. Today, these programs are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic and are an indispensable resource to
law enforcement and other community stakeholders impacted by opioid addiction and related crime.
As you consider the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriation, we ask for your support to ensure that continued funding is appropriated for drug courts and veterans treatment courts at the Department of Justice. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported in
2011 that drug courts reduce crime by up to 58 percent. Research also shows that about 60 percent of drug court participants complete at least 12 months of treatment, as compared with only 10 percent of probationers and parolees.
The drug court system – which requires nonviolent offenders with a substance use disorder to remain in treatment and undergo random drug testing while under intensive judicial supervision – is now accepted as the most effective and fiscally responsible method
for holding offenders with substance use disorders accountable.
The most comprehensive study on drug courts to date, the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice’s National Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation, concluded that drug courts provide an average cost savings of $6,000 per participant.
Veterans treatment courts utilize the highly successful drug court model to aid former members of the armed services who suffer from substance use disorders, mental health conditions or trauma. Veterans treatment courts save the lives, families and futures
of our veterans by holding them accountable in a highly structured program and connecting them with local, state and federal resources.
We hope you support the work of drug courts and veterans treatment courts in the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriation process. Thank you in advance for consideration of our request.
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