Authors' Note: The LEA Program is funded through the following grants: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—TI019913; TI020921; TI023289; TI023428; TI023279; TI023686; SM059629; Office of Justice Programs (OJP)—2009-DC-BX-0093; 2010-DC-BX-0127; 2010 DC-BX-002; 2010-JW-FX-K012; Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)—90-CD-0184.
Law Enforcement Advocate Program: An Interagency Collaboration to Enhance Community-Police Relations and Improve Outcomes for Substance-Using Offenders
Article first published online: 15 MAY 2013
© 2013 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Juvenile and Family Court Journal
Volume 64, Issue 2, pages 17–33, Spring 2013
How to Cite
Rajaee, L., Rodriguez, J. M., Addison, Lt. S., Readio, S. and Longwood, W. (2013), Law Enforcement Advocate Program: An Interagency Collaboration to Enhance Community-Police Relations and Improve Outcomes for Substance-Using Offenders. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 64: 17–33. doi: 10.1111/jfcj.12004
- Issue published online: 15 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 15 MAY 2013
Justice system involvement is highly correlated with substance-use issues. Untreated, substance-using offenders are likely to continue to use drugs, commit crimes, and pose a public safety risk. Strategies to address substance use in the criminal justice system often fall short in terms of integrating services and sustaining engagement among high-risk adult and juvenile populations. Law enforcement can help to bridge identified gaps by offering a community-based solution to the interrelated challenges of substance use, crime, and recidivism for offenders. The Law Enforcement Advocate Program has been effective in improving probationer compliance and outcomes, facilitating problem solving and interagency coordination, and improving community-police relations.