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Westchester DA: Drug treatment courts now available to entire county

Program gives second chance to non-violent criminals who suffer from drug, alcohol addiction

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WHITE PLAINS — Westchester's District Attorney Anthony Scarpino has announced that drug treatment courts are now available to all residents in the county, as opposed to only the four cities who previously had access.

A drug treatment court is designed to help individuals who suffer from an alcohol or drug addiction but have had run-ins with the law.

The program is offered at city courts in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and White Plains.

Scarpino says people who qualify will have to complete the program before their charges can be dismissed.

“So they're evaluated, the nature of the crime has to be appropriate, has to be non-violent and has to be a minor crime. They’re evaluated for their potential success and if they are accepted they enter a plea of guilty. And they enter into the program and they're monitored,” says Scarpino.

Upon a person completing the program, their case will be dismissed and records sealed.

If you enter the drug court program and are not successful, you will be sentenced to jail since you have already pleaded guilty.

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