3,000 Drug Treatment Leaders to Converge on Nation's Capital - Capitol Hill News Conference and Rally, Senate and House Visits to Call on Congress to Restore Drug Courts Funding Axed by Bush Budget

Martin Sheen, former drug czar General McCaffrey, judges, prosecutors,

police, recovering addicts to spearhead National Association of Drug Court

Professionals' Capitol Hill lobby day to save federal drug courts program

to treat nonviolent drug offenders



Jun 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from National Association of Drug Court Professionals

    WASHINGTON, June 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
 
     DATE:   THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2007
     EVENT 1 11:45am - NEWS CONFERENCE to urge Congress to save federal Drug
 Court Discretionary Grant Program zeroed out in Bush Administration's FY08
 budget and to restore funding to historic FY05 appropriation of $40
 million. Appropriations committees are making decisions on FY08 funding for
 Justice Department programs. For over a decade, these funds have been
 critical to implementing and expanding drug court participation and to
 reducing recidivism for offenders. Today, nearly 2,000 drug court programs
 serve more than 120,000 substance-abusing clients annually and offer the
 most hope for cutting crime and recidivism among drug-addicted offenders in
 the criminal justice system at a fraction of the cost of standard
 incarceration.
     WHERE:  Room 210, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC
 
     WHO:    -- Martin Sheen, actor and drug treatment advocate
             -- General Barry McCaffrey, former drug czar
             -- Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), co-chair, Congressional
                Methamphetamine Caucus
             -- Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN), co-chair, House Addiction, Treatment
                and Recovery Caucus
             -- Linda Jalbert, who graduated with honors last year from
                University of Southern Maine through Maine's first pilot drug
                court program and now works on Capitol Hill
             -- Jennifer Columbel, Public Policy Director, National
                Association of Drug Court Professionals
             -- Judge Stephen Manley, President of California chapter of NADCP
                who presides over Adult Drug Court in Santa Clara County
                Superior Court.
     ALSO ATTENDING AND AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS: Judge John Schwartz,
 founding member and President Emeritus of New York State Assn of Drug
 Treatment Court Professionals; Georgia State Court Judge Kent Lawrence of
 Athens-Clarke County; Judge Harvey Hoffman, Chief Judge of Michigan's 56th
 District Court; South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Chuck Simmons; Molly
 Merrigan, Commissioner, Family and Juvenile Drug Court of Missouri's 16th
 Judicial Circuit; Terree Schmidt-Whelan, a leader of Washington State's
 Meth Initiative and drug court program; Lt. Chris Clausi, Franklin (TN)
 Police Dept.; and Sgt. Vanessa Price, Oklahoma City Police Dept.
     EVENT 2 2:30 to 5:30pm - CONGRESSIONAL VISITS where NADCP conference
 attendees will meet individually with their Senators and Congressmen to
 urge restoring Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program and boosting funding
 back to the historic FY05 appropriation of $40 million. LOCATION: U.S.
 House and Senate offices TBA.
     EVENT 3 6:00pm - DRUG COURT RALLY on Capitol Hill where NADCP leaders
 and conference attendees will be joined by members of Congress, including
 Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Reps. Bob Filner
 (D-CA), David Reichert (R-WA), Artur Davis (D-AL), Brad Ellsworth (D-IN),
 Mark Souder (R-IN), Albert Wynn (D-MD), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Michael
 Michaud (D-ME), Michael Honda (D-CA), John Barrow (D-GA), Steve Pearce
 (R-NM), Michael Arcuri (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and others.
 NADCP Congressional Leadership Awards to be presented to members of
 Congress. LOCATION: Upper Senate Park (Delaware and Constitution Avenues
 near US Capitol and Russell Senate Office Building).
     For more information about the NADCP conference, go to:
 http://www.nadcp.org.
 
 

SOURCE National Association of Drug Court Professionals