The Bronx Treatment Court (BxTC) in New York City provides an alternative to probation and confinement for first-time nonviolent felony drug offenders. The goals of the treatment court are to decrease any delays in case processing and to reduce offenders’ drug dependency and criminal activity while maintaining public safety. The court uses a postplea model, which means defendants plead guilty to an eligible drug charge before participating in the program. Defendants also agree to a specific sentence should they fail the program. Should defendants graduate from the program, pending drug charges against a defendant may be dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor.
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