Section 12-23-2

Legislative findings and intent.

The Legislature finds that the high incidence of crimes which directly involve alcohol and drugs in this state is intolerable; that the problems of alcohol and drug abuse among the citizens of Alabama are extensive and exist at an unacceptable level; that alcohol and/or drug abuse or dependency have been identified as contributing factors in the commission of many crimes; that a concentrated and coordinated state and local effort is needed to address the needs of Alabamians regarding such problems; that a specialized system for screening, evaluating, educating, and rehabilitating defendants convicted of alcohol and drug related offenses is required to address such problems; and that adequate funding should be provided for this purpose. It is therefore the intent of the Legislature:

To establish a specialized court referral officer program to promote the evaluation, education and rehabilitation of persons whose use or dependency on alcohol or drugs directly or indirectly contributed to the commission of an offense for which they were convicted in state or municipal courts and to establish mandatory alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs to provide treatment and rehabilitation for these identified offenders.

(Acts 1990, No. 90-390, p. 537, §2.)