Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $480,588)
The Nevada Supreme Court will use grant funds to implement a drug court in the following western Nevada counties: Carson, Storey, Douglas, Lyon, and Churchill. The Western Regional Drug Court (WRDC) will serve approximately 150 nonviolent, substance abusing, adult male and female offenders in a 12 to 18-month post-adjudication program over a three year period. Program services will include early, continuous and intensive judicial supervision, treatment, mandatory drug testing, graduated sanctions, incentives, and other rehabilitative services such as education, primary health care, housing, employment, and aftercare. The WRDC will reduce drug-related crime, increase case processing efficiency, reduce public costs incurred from handling drug-related cases, and ensure that participants are expeditiously enrolled in drug court. The drug court will develop and implement an electronic management information system to collect, store, and maintain data for operational and evaluation purposes. An independent evaluator will conduct process and outcome evaluations to gauge program effectiveness and determine whether the program is meeting its goals and objectives. The WRDC will coordinate with local and state organizations such as the Division of Child and Family Services, Nevada Victims of Crime, the Alternatives to Living in Violent Environment program, faith-based organizations, and county social service agencies.