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FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts awarded $600,000 to court programs throughout the state that treat addiction or mental illness, according to a press release from the state agency.

The Eleventh Judicial District Court, which serves San Juan and McKinley counties, received $40,500 from the administrative office to fund its adult drug court, the release states.

The adult drug court is a diversion program that provides repeat drug offenders community-based rehabilitation in lieu of a prison sentence, according to the release. Defendants are required to maintain employment or schooling while receiving treatment for substance abuse. The court provides oversight through probation visits, random drug testing and judicial hearings.

Drug courts have been shown to reduce recidivism among offenders and offer a cost-effective alternative to incarceration, the release states.

The local adult drug court was one of 17 problem-solving courts to receive funds from the administrative office. The AOC will also use funds to provide training for court programs, according to the release.

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