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Legislation #: 110410 Introduction Date: 5/26/2011
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 5/26/2011
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS FORD, TAYLOR, BROOKS, CIRCO, JAMES, JR., JOHNSON, MARCASON, REED, SHARP, WAGNER, CURLS, DAVIS AND GLOVER
Title: Declaring May 2011, as Drug Court Month in Kansas City, Missouri.

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5/23/2011 Filed by the Clerk's office
5/26/2011 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 110410

 

Declaring May 2011, as Drug Court Month in Kansas City, Missouri.

WHEREAS, Drug Courts are a proven budget solution that benefit all facets of society and are an essential component of our justice system which save vast criminal justice resources and return individuals to their communities as productive, taxpaying citizens; and

 

WHEREAS, Drug Courts are the most effective tool in the criminal justice system for saving money, cutting crime and serving veterans; and

 

WHEREAS, results of more than 100 program evaluations and at least four meta-analytic studies have yielded definitive evidence that Drug Courts significantly improve substance-abuse treatment outcomes, substantially reduce drug abuse and crime, and do so at less expense than any other justice strategy; and

 

WHEREAS, Drug Courts facilitate community-wide partnerships, bringing together public safety and public health professionals in the fight against drug abuse and criminality; and

WHEREAS, the Drug Court movement has grown from the 12 original Drug Courts in 1994 to over 2,500 operational Drug Courts; and

WHEREAS, Drug Courts demonstrate that when one person rises out of drugs and crime, we all rise; and

 

WHEREAS, the time has come to put a Drug Court within reach of every eligible person in need; and

 

WHEREAS, May 16-20 marks National Drug Court Commencement Week, which celebrates the promise of recovery and restored hope to Drug Court graduates and their families; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare May 2011, as Drug Court Month in Kansas City, Missouri; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Judge Locaciso and members of the Drug Court team in recognition by the Mayor and Council of the significant contributions Drug Courts have made toward reducing substance abuse, crime, and recidivism while saving valuable resources.

 

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