NADCP's All Rise America! Highlights success of drug courts during National Drug Court month

3,500 mile road trip will visit over 50 of America's Drug, DWI,and Veterans Treatment Courts

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is proud to announce the 2nd annual All Rise America! National Drug Court Month Roadtrip. The 3,500 mile cross-country RV tour will shine a spotlight on 25 communities that prove addicted people belong in treatment, not prison, and that Drug Courts, DWI Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts are the solution for saving lives, reuniting families and making communities safer. Every stop of All Rise America! will feature events at local treatment courts and highlight inspiring stories of justice reform and personal recovery. The ceremonial All Rise Gavel will be passed at each stop as a symbol that when one person rises out of addiction and finds recovery, we All Rise. Celebrities and national policymakers are scheduled to appear at events along the route. Media is invited to attend each event along the route and will have the opportunity to speak with Drug Court staff, participants, graduates and national leaders.

''Now more than ever, lawmakers are looking for evidence-based solutions to the expensive and tragic problem of drug abuse and related crime,'' said NADCP CEO West Huddleston. ''All Rise America! will celebrate incredible communities that have come together to ensure that when addiction leads to arrest--be it a veteran, mother, grandparent, or teen--Drug Court, DWI Court or Veterans Treatment Court is available to get people the treatment they need to reclaim their lives and once again be productive citizens.''

All Rise America! will begin on April 29 in Santa Maria, California and end on May 31 in New York City. NADCP will visit communities holding special Drug Court, DWI Court and Veterans Treatment Court events from massive rallies and graduation ceremonies, to community picnics and local service projects.

Over the last two decades, Drug Courts have emerged as the nation's most successful and cost-effective program for getting addicted people into long-term recovery. From combating prescription drug abuse and providing services to the mentally ill, to ensuring justice-involved veterans receive the benefits they have earned, America's 2,700 Drug Courts annually refer more people to treatment than any other system in America and are revolutionizing the nation's approach to drug abuse and crime. Each year, Drug Courts keep 136,000 seriously drug-addicted offenders out of jail and in treatment while under the close supervision of an interdisciplinary team led by a judge and including prosecutors, defense council, probation officers, law enforcement, case managers, and treatment providers. Roughly 75% of the people who complete Drug Court are never arrested again and Drug Courts save up to $27 for every $1 invested.

All Rise America! Events for Michigan include:

* May 21 | 1:00 pm: Cassopolis, MI--Community Event

* May 21 | 4:00 pm: Kalamazoo, MI--Graduation & Rally

* May 22 | 10:00 am: Ann Arbor, MI--Rally

* May 22 | 2:30 pm: Detroit, MI--Rally

To learn more, visit www.AllRiseAmerica.org.

Published: Thu, May 9, 2013