MONTGOMERY –Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $51,238 grant to a Dallas County program that uses alternative methods to hold drug offenders accountable while keeping incarceration as a last resort.
The Dallas County Adult Drug Court, which has been in existence for 10 years, uses highly structured methods, including frequent drug testing and support groups, to allow drug offenders to maintain jobs and family responsibilities instead of spending idle time behind bars.
“While drug offenders must be held accountable for their crimes, a top goal of programs like this is to break the cycle of drug abuse and violence,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the Dallas County Adult Drug Court for its efforts to work with offenders by offering various solutions.”
The drug court combines treatment with behavioral responses that includes incentives and sanctions. The court involves a judge who along with professionals outlines a program to help each offender.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department.
“ADECA is honored to work with Gov. Ivey and the Dallas County Adult Drug Court to help achieve a workable and alternative solution to jail for offenders while still finding methods to help them get away from their dependence on drugs,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.
Jim Plott or Mike Presley
ADECA Communications and External Affairs