New Jersey’s judiciary has operated a statewide drug court program since 2002, with the purpose of helping nonviolent defendants overcome alcohol and drug dependencies while also resolving related criminal charges. Its regimen includes treatment and recovery elements as well as skills development. Since its inception, 6,123 participants have graduated from the program, according to the judiciary’s Annual Report on Criminal Justice Reform for the 2018-2019 court year. Graduates in the 2018-2019 financial year numbered 803. In 2017, drug court was made mandatory by law in New Jersey.
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