Three suburban court programs will get boosts to existing efforts that help drug users, courtesy of a new federal grant.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA ) awarded $324,811 to the Circuit Court of Cook County Drug Treatment Court programs in the Markham, Maywood and Bridgeview courthouses. The grant has a potential total value of $947,519 over a three-year period, as the Circuit Court will re-apply for more funds.
Defendants enter the drug courts voluntarily, and all participants are charged with nonviolent crimes.
"For nonviolent defendants who are driven by drug addiction, the court exercises compassion in the pursuit of justice. Treatment, not punishment, is the best option to pursue," Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans said in a statement.