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Drug Court Implementation Initiative Administered
by the Dallas County District Attorney's Office

September 17, 1998
Office of the Inspector General


The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of the Dallas County Drug Court Implementation Initiative, Grant No. 97-DC-VX-0100, administered by the Dallas County District Attorney, for the period of April 1, 1997, through June 30, 1998. The $400,000 grant, awarded by the Office of Justice Programs, is effective from April 1, 1997, through March 31, 1999.

During our review, we determined that the Dallas Initiative for Diversion and Expedited Rehabilitation (DIVERT) Drug Court obtained income from the collection of program fees and positive urinalysis drug testing fees. From January 1 through June 30, 1998, these fees totaled $3,864. The fee income had been collected by Community Supervision Officers and placed in a Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) account. The DIVERT Drug Court program staff did not transfer the fee money from the CSCD state account into Dallas County's DIVERT Drug Court escrow account. Furthermore, the staff did not inform the Dallas County Auditor's office that fees were being collected. As a result, the Dallas County Auditor's financial status reports have not included fee income, and we are questioning $3,864 under this grant.

In addition, we found the following weaknesses with regard to meeting grant conditions:

These weaknesses are discussed in the Findings and Recommendations section of this report. Our audit scope and methodology are described in Appendix I.