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For Immediate Release CONTACT:

Angelita Plemmer
Terri Bolling
(410) 260-1488

Media Advisory
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Kerlikowske to
Attend D
rug Court Commencement Ceremony, Speak to Graduates

(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – May 23, 2011) Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske will visit Anne Arundel County Circuit Court’s Drug Treatment Court in a display of the Administration’s commitment to expand drug courts. Last week, President Obama praised drug courts as a smart investment in a special statement highlighting the effectiveness of drug courts at reducing substance abuse and crime while saving money. The visit occurs amid a renewed national interest in criminal justice reform, as policymakers seek proven and cost effective strategies to reduce our annual $70 billion expenditure on corrections.

Drug courts identify drug-addicted, prison-bound offenders and place them under ongoing judicial monitoring, drug testing and community supervision, coupled with effective, long-term treatment services. Research shows drug courts are the most successful and cost effective program for dealing with drug-addicted offenders in the criminal justice system.

  • Drug courts annually serve more than 120,000 drug addicted, prison bound offenders
  • 75 percent of people who complete drug court are never arrested again
  • Drug courts save up to $27 for every $1 invested
  • Drug courts cut crime by up to 50 percent

The Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Drug Treatment Court launched in 2005 and is one of 41 drug courts in Maryland. The program currently has 86 participants, and 83 individuals have completed the program to date. There are currently more than 2,400 drug courts operating in the United States. National Drug Court Month is coordinated by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.


ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske will provide keynote remarks to graduates of the Anne Arundel County Adult Drug Court on Monday, May 23.




Monday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.




Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Adult Drug Treatment Court - Circuit Court, 7 Church Circle, Courtroom 4 C, Annapolis.




For the Maryland Judiciary Office of Communications and Public Affairs: Angelita Plemmer or Terri Bolling, 410-260-1488.
For the ONDCP: T Rafael Lamaitre, 202-395-6649,
For the National Association of Drug Court Professionals: Christ Deutsch, 202-222-8105,
The media is invited to attend. Interviews with Director Kerlikowske, drug court graduates and staff are available upon request. The media is responsible for gaining consent from persons being photographed.


(The information in this media advisory was provided by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.)