Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $492,373)
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, Juvenile drug court implementation, Family drug court implementation, Single jurisdiction drug court enhancement, Statewide drug court enhancement, and planning efforts.
The participants in the Erie County Juvenile Treatment Court (ECJTC) will be male and female juveniles between the ages of 13-16 years old, including their families, found to have a chemical and/or alcohol abuse problem, and have committed a non-violent misdemeanor offenses or have violated probation. The ECTJTC is a one-year, four-phased program. These grant funds will be used in furtherance of the four goals of the ECJTC: To implement an effective juvenile treatment court, which utilizes a comprehensive continuum of treatment services with close scrutiny of the justice system; to reduce recidivism and increase public safety while protecting the individual rights of the juvenile drug court participants; to increase pro-social and responsible behaviors of the juvenile drug court participants; and, to increase family involvement in the lives of the juvenile drug court participants.