Darryl Rouson's idea to expand drug court moves forward

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A bill to expand eligibility for drug court programs passed the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, reports the News Service of Florida. The bill (HB 81) would allow drug courts to tap into federal dollars and expand eligibility to more non-violent offenders. Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, the bill? sponsor, assured the committee that drug traffickers would not be included in the bill. The expansion of drug courts has largely been embraced by Republicans and Democrats alike. Drug courts are seen as a way to divert criminals with drug addiction problems that are not violent away from prison, saving the state the cost of incarcerating them. A similar bill (SB 400) has already been approved by the full Senate.

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