West Texas Community
Supervision amd Corrections
Director Magdalena Morales-Aina
800 E. Overland
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 546-8120
Fax (915) 546-8130 Email Us
El Paso, Texas 79915
Phone (915) 577-9920
West Texas CSCD
384th Adult Drug Court
The 384th Adult Drug Court Program is a partnership between private, non-profit, and public entities united to address the exasperating problem of handling drug-abusing offenders.
Historically, jails and prisons are inundated with non-violent drug offenders who are often placed on lengthy waiting lists for treatment or are released back to the community without receiving treatment at all. Consequently these individuals revert back to criminal behavior because their needs are not expediently identified or met in a traditional court setting. The El Paso Drug Court emerged as a response to this problem by providing a nonadversarial approach to assisting the offender in abstaining from drugs and crime and ultimately reducing the recidivism rate among those served through the program.
El Paso is the sixth largest County in the state of Texas with a population of 679,622 (U.S. Census Bureau 2000). The County's close proximity to the Mexican border and easy access to Interstates 10 and 25 has earned El Paso the label of being a high -intensity drug trafficking area making drugs accessible to area drug users (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Survey 1999).
The Drug Court movement that began in Miami in 1989 has swept through all fifty states and is viewed as a promising method of rehabilitating offenders and an alternative to incarceration. The Office of National Drug Control Policy is reporting abstinence rates of 84%-98% for drug court program Clients and a recidivism rate of 2% - 20% for drug court graduates (ONDCP 2001).
If an El Paso Criminal Drug Court can replicate these results we may have a fighting chance at impacting the lives of the people served through the program as well as the community of El Paso at large.