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