Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $300,000)
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 Polk County Juvenile Drug Court (PCJDC) is a collaborative effort involving the County Attorney's Office, Juvenile Judge, Juvenile Court Services, and State Public Defender's Office. PCJDC's mission is to provide youth with the opportunity to become sober and productive members of the community. Youth will be afforded education and skills for employment and will develop skills to resist problem behavior and substance abuse. Youth will participate in substance abuse treatment commensurate with their needs, progress through a three-phase level system of graduated sanctions and incentives, be supervised by Drug Court staff with daily contact and random urine analysis, and participate in frequent judicial reviews for ongoing success in the program.
The PCJDC plans to use federal funds to maintain its current state of operations. PCJDC will work on data collection/evaluation and increasing the minority participant pool through collaboration with the Enterprise Community leaders. The PCJDC is seeking out private and governmental funding for continuation of the program as it exists.