Grove Lauds Passage of Problem-Solving Courts

Laments lack of necessary funding for the program 

Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) lauded the passage of Senate Bill 383, which will allow for the establishment of special problem-solving courts within the Courts of Common Pleas and Municipal Court of Philadelphia to specifically handle certain cases involving drug and driving under the influence (DUI) charges, as well as arrests relating to mental health issues. 

“Problem-solving courts are a way to take pressure off our overcrowded prison system and do more to rehabilitate low-level criminals,” said Grove.  “Other states have successfully used these types of courts to reduce recidivism, while saving millions of dollars in taxpayer funds.  These courts will not only help individuals who are suffering from addiction or mental illness to get the treatment they need, but could also reduce the state’s skyrocketing corrections budget.” 

Grove’s House Bill 1919 is similar to Senate Bill 383, in that it called for the creation of courts to adjudicate DUI cases.  Both bills would allow problem-solving courts to admit defendants into court-supervised individualized treatment programs.  However, Grove’s legislation imposed a $25 fee on all defendants convicted of drug- or alcohol-related crimes to financially support the court.  Senate Bill 383 includes no such provision. 

“While I am glad to see problem-solving courts on the way to becoming law, I question how effective they can be without appropriate funding,” said Grove.  “I would have liked to have seen the surcharge on all persons convicted of special court-related crimes.” 

Senate Bill 383 now awaits the signature of the governor to become law. 

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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