State Senator to Tour City’s Drug Court

By Jason Schwartz

RIVIERA BEACH – State Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, is scheduled to tour the city’s Civil Drug Court on Saturday, Aug. 17, officials announced today.

During the tour, Clemens will sit it on several Marchman Act Hearings and learn more about the programs and services provided by the Civil Drug Court.

Jeff clemensThe Civil Drug Court is the brainchild of Retired Judge Edward Rodgers. Established in 1991, the community drug court pilot project was the first of its kind in the nation.

sends drug users to court-ordered drug treatment in the hopes of steering them away from a life of crime.

It allows family members or a group of acquaintances to go to court and ask a judge to impose court-ordered drug treatment. It also offers treatment for those voluntarily seeking help.

The idea was to help people who have been “unable to recognize their need for treatment” as well as those who want help but can’t afford drug treatment, according to the program description.

Under the program, drug users can get drug testing, individual and family counseling and follow-up care aimed at helping people get off drugs and avoid jail. That includes in-house and out-patient treatment.

For more information on the Civil Drug Court, visit or call 561-840-4824.


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