“National Drug Court Month” marks 24 years of drug courts in the United States. “National Drug Court Month” is coordinated on a national level by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Drug Courts are the most effective tool in the criminal justice system for saving money and cutting crime.
On May 1, 2000, North Dakota opened the first drug courts in Fargo and Grand Forks. The two juvenile drug courts were established under the direction of Justice Mary Muehlen Maring. Locally, North Dakota has five adult drug courts, five juvenile drug courts, one tribal adult Healing to Wellness Courts, and one college drug court at North Dakota State University. Drug court month will be celebrated with picnics, bowling, and graduations.
Governor Jack Dalrymple’s proclamation encourages the citizens of North Dakota to recognize the practitioners, and participants who make drug courts work, and the significant contributions that drug courts have made, and continue to make, in reducing drug usage and crime. Drug Courts demonstrate that when one person rises out of drugs and crime, we all rise.
May 8, 2013