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Court program assists Native Americans after DWI charges


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A renewed push to help Native Americans with alcoholism is running through the metropolitan courthouse in Albuquerque.

Metro court officials are breathing new life into an old program. The Urban Native American Drug Court once ran for about five years. It’s similar to the existing DWI/Drug Court program, because it uses nine months of treatment and supervision instead of incarceration to deter alcoholism.

The Native American program has some key differences.


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