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Push to Make N.H.'s Drug Court System Statewide

Larry Leach
Cheshire County Courthouse

Six of New Hampshire’s ten counties have this alternative system, meant to help low-level drug offenders gain treatment and avoid incarceration. Now, proposed legislation would create incentives for the other four counties to set up drug courts. We’ll look at how these work and why they’ve gained such widespread support, and also the questions that routinely come up. 


  • Jacqui Abikoff: – executive director of Horizons Counseling Center in Gilford. She runs the treatment program for the Drug Court, called the Recovery Court, in the Laconia District Court.
  • Alex Casale - director of the Strafford County drug court program and state coordinator for New Hampshire drug courts in Rockingham, Grafton, Cheshire and Hillsborough counties and the Laconia District Court.
  • Judge Tina Nadeau – Chief Justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire.


  • Sen. David Boutin – co-sponsor of proposed legislation to expand availability of federal funding for drug courts and create an Office of the Drug Court at the state level.
  • Kaitlyn Millette - participant in the Belmont County Laconia District Drug Court
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