Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $194,980)
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 Mercer Juvenile Drug Court Program (JDC) seeks to address substance abuse issues, community interaction, and reduction of recidivism, while at the same time eliminating or reducing the need for commitment or out of home placement. The Mercer Juvenile Drug Court Program's target population consists of post-adjudicated males and females between 13-17 years of age, within the City of Trenton, and the County of Mercer. Designed to intervene while potential participants are in their most need of treatment, the JDC places participants in a community-based treatment program. The participants will successfully complete the twelve-month (may be extended) JDC by progressing through four treatment phases. The JDC's major goals are to reduce drug use/delinquency, increase school enrollment, attendance, and performance, provide training and/or employment opportunities, and provide expanded services for JDC participants.