BILL REQ. #:  S-3613.1 


State of Washington59th Legislature2006 Regular Session

By Senators Kline, Weinstein, Brandland, Hargrove, Oke and Rasmussen

Read first time 01/13/2006.   Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

     AN ACT Relating to drug courts; and amending RCW 2.28.170.


Sec. 1   RCW 2.28.170 and 2005 c 504 s 504 are each amended to read as follows:
     (1) Counties may establish and operate drug courts.
     (2) For the purposes of this section, "drug court" means a court that has special calendars or dockets designed to achieve a reduction in recidivism and substance abuse among ((nonviolent,)) substance abusing felony and nonfelony offenders by increasing their likelihood for successful rehabilitation through early, continuous, and intense judicially supervised treatment; mandatory periodic drug testing; and the use of appropriate sanctions and other rehabilitation services.
     (3)(a) Any jurisdiction that seeks a state appropriation to fund a drug court program must first:
     (i) Exhaust all federal funding that is available to support the operations of its drug court and associated services; and
     (ii) Match, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, state moneys allocated for drug court programs with local cash or in-kind resources. Moneys allocated by the state must be used to supplement, not supplant, other federal, state, and local funds for drug court operations and associated services.
     (b) Any county that establishes a drug court pursuant to this section shall establish minimum requirements for the participation of offenders in the program. The drug court may adopt local requirements that are more stringent than the minimum. The minimum requirements are:
     (i) The offender would benefit from substance abuse treatment;
     (ii) The offender has not previously been convicted of a serious violent offense or sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030; and
     (iii) Without regard to whether proof of any of these elements is required to convict, the offender is not currently charged with or convicted of an offense:
     (A) That is a sex offense;
     (B) That is a serious violent offense;
     (C) During which the defendant used a firearm; or
     (D) During which the defendant caused ((substantial or)) great bodily harm or death to another person.
     (4) The prosecuting attorney and the court shall comply with all federal drug court rules to the extent necessary to obtain or retain federal funds.

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