Drug court national tour ends in Brooklyn Friday

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A group of drug court graduates will welcome the last leg of a national tour of the court system in Brooklyn on Friday.

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals organized the tour, which visited more than 50 drug courts, DWI courts and veterans treatment courts.

The courts are created to help people arrested for drugs avoid jail and instead rehabilitate.

The group’s RV tour traveled 4,000 miles.

On Friday, the Brooklyn Treatment Court and Veterans Treatment Court will be the final stop, followed by a ceremony honoring the program’s alumni.

Metro previously reported on how the courts help veterans get back on their feet after drug arrests.

“When addiction leads to arrest – be it a veteran, mother, grandparent or teen – drug court, DWI court or veterans treatment court is available to get people the treatment they need to reclaim their lives and once again be productive citizens,” NADCP CEO West Huddleston said.

Drug courts keep about 136,000 people out of jail every year, organizers estimate, and they say 75 percent of people who complete the program are never arrested again.


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