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Denver drug court returns.

After a five-year hiatus, Denver's drug court is once again working to speed up drug cases, free jail beds and provide treatment for offenders, according to the Rocky Mountain News. The court will help with jail crowding due to a backlog of drug cases. It is expected to free up 130 jail beds.

Drug-related cases can take up to 90 days to go through the court system because criminal cases take precedence. In contrast, the drug court sees offenders in up to five days. People suspected of weapons violations, sexual or criminal offenses, or possession of large amounts of drugs are not eligible.

In the nine-month drug court program, offenders are put on probation and required to undergo treatment. After the program, offenders are monitored for at least two years. On average, 1,800 defendants will participate in the drug court program each year.

The new drug court, funded by the city's crime commission, is staffed with three magistrates and three clerks. In addition, the new program includes mental health treatment not previously provided.
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Title Annotation:News Briefs
Author:Leone, Lisa
Publication:Corrections Today
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Date:Jun 1, 2007
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