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Drug courts recognized in ongoing battle

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Guam is seeing some headway in the fight against drugs - much of this can be attributed to the work of Guam's drug courts. The month of May was declared as Drug Court Month recognizing the counseling and rehabilitation given to first-time drug offenders.

Adult and juvenile drug courts are examples of therapeutic justice that have resulted in reduced recidivism numbers, improved drug abuse outcomes and reuniting families.

Superior Court Judge Arthur Barcinas said, "The Adult Drug Court reroutes non violent substance abuse offenders from prison to treatment and the juvenile drug court provides intensive supervision and substance abuse treatment to youth ages 13 to 17."

Various stakeholders who are components of the successful drug court system were present for today's proclamation signing.

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