You have probably heard the stats on the high number of offenders who are behind bars due to drug-related crimes. However, did you know that there is an alternative that is sometimes used in New Hampshire, known as the New Hampshire Drug Court? These courts are at least partially funded by grants, so opening more of them often depends on what funding can be found, but they offer an alternative to offenders.
The way that a drug court works is by setting up treatment programs to help people who have been arrested for non-violent drug offenses. If the people go through these programs, they often do not have to serve any time behind bars. Though all courts are different, some of them handle around 40 individuals. This means that not all offenders are able to use the program -- not by any means -- but it does give options to a number of them.
The reason these courts are used is that some drug offenses actually stem from addiction. A person may not want to abuse drugs, but he or she may have a mental or physical addiction to the substances that cannot be beaten without help. Some see prison or jail time as the wrong solution to this problem, instead wanting to focus on helping people overcome any of these addictions so that they will be less likely to commit the crimes again at the completion of the program.
If you are facing minor drug charges, it is incredibly important for you to know about all of the various legal options that you have.
Source: Washington Times, "New Hampshire ready to start 2 new drug courts" Associated Press, accessed Jan. 27, 2015