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— U.S. Representative John Boozman (R-AR) was recognized for his work in Congress with the Drug Court Discretionary Drug Grant Program. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals named Boozman a recipient of the prestigious NADCP National Drug Court Congressional Leadership Award.

This award honors lawmakers who support drug courts as an alternative to incarceration for persons convicted of drug related charges as well as for persons whose substance abuse was a factor in the commission of a crime and work to secure funding for the program.

"Our local drug courts have proven to be an effective alternative to jail for individuals convicted of nonviolent drug charges. The programs are intense, and as a result, set participants on course to being a productive member of the community," Boozman said.

In May of 2008, Boozman honored the work of Drug Courts in the Congressional Record, the official proceedings of debates of Congress. In his remarks he praised the efforts of the 40 operational drug courts in Arkansas and the tremendous positive impact they make on public safety.

"Drug Courts play a vital part in building partnerships between public agencies, judicial systems, families and communities which is important to reducing drug abuse," Boozman said. "I am proud to do all that I can to support the work of Drug Courts."

Boozman will accept his award at the '20th Birthday Celebration of Drug Court' on Wednesday, May 6.

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