Arizona Judicial Branch

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In November of 1996, Arizona voters passed the Drug Medicalization, Prevention, and Control Act. The centerpiece of the Act is the diversion of certain non-violent drug offenders from prison. The Act requires a court to sentence first and second time non-violent offenders, who are convicted of personal possession or use of a controlled substance, to probation and drug treatment. The Act created a Drug Treatment and Education Fund (DTEF), which receives revenue from a tax on liquors, to provide the education and treatment services required by the Act. The goal of the DTEF is to reduce criminal activity by substance abusing offenders and thereby increase community safety.