Drug courts in Delaware, Marion, Monroe, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Vigo counties will share $1 million from a Bureau of Justice Assistance Drug Court Discretionary Grant, the Indiana Supreme Court announced today. The award will help courts increase graduation rates and lower recidivism.
The counties, which already have a drug court, will also use the money to increase the number of adult offenders who have access to the court. The drug courts will have access to the money through September 2013.
Indiana is one of only four states to receive $1 million this year from the Bureau of Justice Assistance federal grant program. The total project cost in Indiana is nearly $1.43 million, with $1,072,603 coming from the federal award. As part of the grant requirement, the counties will pay 25 percent of the total budgeted amount of the enhancements, which is a little more than $357,000.
Indiana’s first drug court was developed in 1996. There are now 31 operational drug courts and six in the planning stages.