Judge Mark G. Farrell, founder
In the summer of 1996, the Amherst Town Court joined a small group of pioneer jurisdictions across the United States and implemented the first suburban Drug Treatment Court in the Nation. With the advent of “Therapeutic Justice” a revolution has taken place in the criminal justice system which has permitted the judiciary to take a proactive step and create a partnership with the treatment community to deal effectively with those who continue to commit crimes because of a drug or alcohol dependence.
Since Judge Mark G. Farrell embarked upon this journey, eighteen years have passed in which The Amherst Drug Court has graduated over 3,000 participants. Of these graduates, over 80 percent have proven successful by not relapsing into drug or alcohol use, thus becoming productive members of our community. Therefore, we are celebrating the 16th anniversary of an endeavor that has benefited individuals, families, businesses and our community at large.
Judge Geoff Klein
The Amherst Drug Court & Therapeutic Foundation is a 501(c)3 registered tax deductible charity. The Foundation exists to assure the future of the Amherst Drug Court and the Amherst Gambling & Veteran's Court by raising capital to fund future projects and education necessary to continue the standard of excellence the Amherst Therapeutic Courts have achieved.
Amherst Drug Treatment Court receives limited public funding and has relied upon grant funding over the past 15 years of its existence. The lack of grant funding in the current economic situation requires the Court to turn to private subsidy to maintain its successful operation.
We are appealing to all segments and corners of our community to help guarantee the continued existence of the Amherst Drug Treatment Court. Thank you in advance for your continued active support of this valuable program
Jim Loughran, Past President of the Board,
Amherst Drug Court and Therapeutic Foundation