5,000 Drug Court Professionals to converge on Capitol Hill following President Obama's call to expand Drug Courts

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 5,000 justice and treatment professionals from across the globe will attend NADCP 21st Annual Training Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, July 27-30th. This year's conference is particularly timely as attendees are rallying around President Obama's recent call to expand Drug Courts as an alternative to incarceration.

"We should invest in alternatives to prison like Drug Courts and treatment and probation programs which ultimately can save taxpayers thousands of dollars each year." - President Obama 7/14/15

July 27-30--5,000 attendees include state and federal justice leaders, celebrities, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clinicians, police and probation officers, military veterans, business owners, Drug Court graduates and their family members. ONDCO Director Michael Botticelli and MSNBC Host Chris Matthews to provide keynote remarks. All events are open to the media.

July 28 – Opening Ceremony, 8:00am -10:00am

  • White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli
  • Bureau of Justice Assistance Director Denise O'Donnell
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator Pamela Hyde
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind
  • The 'Parade of Transformation' featuring Drug Court graduates and their families who share heartfelt stories of overcoming addiction in Drug Court

July 29 – Capital Hill Day

Thousands of Drug Court professionals will head to Capitol Hill to let members of Congress know about the lifesaving work in Drug Courts and to urge lawmakers to support Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court funding.

July 30 NADCP to Release Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards Volume II, 8:00am – 10:00am

This groundbreaking set of measurable and evidence-based practices culled from decades of substance abuse treatment and correctional rehabilitation research will transform American criminal justice. The Standards will ensure that the expansion of Drug Courts is done in accordance with what the research proves works. Armed with this set of evidence-based practices, judges, prosecutors, defense council, probation and law enforcement can work together with treatment providers to implement Drug Court in the most effective way possible for those who need it most.

July 30 – The NADCP/Justice For Vets Closing Ceremony, 10:30am – 12:30pm

  • MSNBC Host Chris Matthews
  • Silver Star recipient Tommy Rieman to discuss his difficult transition home and experience in Veterans Treatment Court
  • Justice For Vets National Veteran Mentor Corps Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Comedian Alonzo Bodden

About Drug Courts

  • There are now over 2,900 Drug Courts nationwide. They are located in every U.S. state and thirteen countries.
  • Drug Courts have saved 1.5 million lives.
  • Drug Courts refer more people to treatment than any other system in America. annually serving over 150,000 seriously addicted people.
  • Drug Courts benefit the economy by as much as $27 for every $1 invested.
  • Drug Courts save up to $13,000 for every individual they serve.
  • 75% of Drug Court graduates remain arrest free.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)

Drug Courts combine rigorous drug treatment and accountability to compel and support chronic drug users who commit crime stemming from addiction to change their lives. After 26 years of innovation, there are now nearly 3,000 Drug Courts located in all 50 states. Since 1994 the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), a non-profit organization 501 (c) (3) representing over 27,000 multi-disciplinary justice professionals and community leaders, has worked tirelessly at the national, state and local level to create and enhance Drug Courts. NADCP is now recognized as the experts in the field of addiction and the criminal justice system. For more information, visit www.AllRise.org.

CONTACT: Chris Deutsch NADCP 202-222-8105 cdeutsch@nadcp.org

Source:Association of Drug Court Professionals