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Oct 21, 2016 4:33 PM

Strafford and Rockingham County drug courts' funding will continue

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CONCORD — Strafford and Rockingham County drug courts will remain in operation for the rest of the year.

The drug courts were originally funded by federal start-up grants form the Department of Justice.

The grants ran out but given the success of the programs, they will remain running.

The programs will be funded by the county governments for the remainder of the year.

For fiscal year 2017, county commissioners will need to propose budgets that will then need to be approved by the state.

Drug courts attempt to help substance-dependent individuals by providing services that address the addiction that led them to the criminal behavior.

This 12- to 24-month long alternative sentencing program is followed by 12-months of probation or parole.

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