Vietnamese Delegates Visit DC Superior Court Drug Court
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On August 23, 2013, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, along with representatives from Vietnamese legal and health governmental ministries, visited the DC Superior Court Drug Court as part of a nine-day trip to the United States to meet with officials about drug treatment policy. After observing the morning Drug Court calendar, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen and the other delegates were able to ask questions of DC Superior Court Judge Gregory Jackson and DC Pretrial Services Agency Director Clifford Keenan. As reported by the Vietnam Government, this visit “…with US leaders…will help strengthen mutual understanding, confidence and cooperation in all fields between Vietnam and the US.” The team of delegates also met with the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The Superior Court’s Drug Intervention Program (SCDIP), which is managed by the Pretrial Services Agency, is an intensive sanctions-and incentives-based substance abuse treatment program for certain defendants charged with misdemeanor and non-violent felonies. For the past 20 years, SCDIP has "offered participants a comprehensive approach to address their addiction or dependency" and has effectively reduced recidivism among participants. SCDIP is one of several problem solving court programs in DC Superior Court.