Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Cities to Receive $32 Million from Clinton to Fight Drugs

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Cities to Receive $32 Million from Clinton to Fight Drugs

Article excerpt

President Clinton used his weekly radio address to the nation on July 11th as a forum to announce new federal grants to cities to fight drugs. The grants will be welcomed by local leaders, many of whom struggle with drug problems in their jurisdictions on a daily basis.

The grants, which total $32 million, will particularly target criminal defendants in major cities. $27 million will be allocated to create drug courts in 150 local areas across the country. Created in 1989 with the help of Attorney General Janet Reno, drug courts utilize the justice system in attempts to make crime-committing addicts drug-free. More than 270 drug courts, which allow nonviolent offenders to avoid jail time by passing regular drug tests and enrolling in treatment programs, already exist.

The findings of a Justice Department study served as the impetus behind the President's actions, as between fifty and seventy-five percent of individuals charged with crimes have found in their systems at the time of arrest. The President said, "To stop the revolving door of crime and narcotics, we must make offenders stop abusing drugs." Ridding criminals of their drug habits, he claimed, will make the 150 communities receiving grants much safer.

The survey was conducted by the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program (ADAM), which is a facet of the Justice Department under the National Institute of Justice. ADAM studies drug abuse problems among criminals in metropolitan areas and advises local leaders on policy solutions to them. It also provides drug use statistics among local jurisdictions to the federal government. …

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