Treatment courts have established themselves as a proven alternative to incarceration for individuals with substance use disorders and justice involvement. Unfortunately, individuals charged in federal court rarely have access to treatment court programs. In 2015, judges in Montana created an memorandum of understanding (MOU) to allow for federally charged individuals to participate in state treatment courts. This briefing paper describes the Montana initiative and provides a sample MOU for other jurisdictions to adopt.
Funding Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force
A guide for judges in creating opportunities for individuals charged in federal court to access state or local treatment court opportunities