Court News: Nashua Drug Court and New Hope Programs Receive Grants
The US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance recently awarded Nashua’s drug court program a $325,000 grant to support its operation over three years, but a similar request for a program in Manchester was denied.
Hillsborough County had applied for both of the grants to support the alternative sentencing program in the state’s two largest cities. Although the drug court grant was not awarded to the Manchester program, a separate federal grant, applied for by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, was awarded to support the intensive probation program known in New Hampshire as New Hope.
The $370,000 federal DOJ grant and $300,000 in-kind match will fund a full-time program coordinator, a part-time case manager, probation officer overtime, testing, treatment and pro-social services in Manchester for two years. DOC will get a subgrant for overtime hours for probation officers to supervise participants.
Modeled after a similar program in Hawaii, New Hope started in Rockingham County about four years ago. The program puts drug offenders with a high risk of violating probation under intensive supervision and involves frequent random drug screenings, court hearings and swift punishment for any violation.