According to the New York State University Court System, its new initiative on court-mandated substance abuse treatment for nonviolent, substance-abusing defendants will feature the following key elements:
* Statewide screening of criminal defendants and parents charged with neglect in family court cases to identify nonviolent addicts eligible for treatment.
* In-depth assessment and drug testing of those eligible and willing to participate in treatment in exchange for a favorable case disposition.
* Diversion to appropriate treatment in drug courts or prosecutor-sponsored programs.
* Judicial supervision and close monitoring of addicted …