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Drug Court

Felony Drug/DWI Court

There exists a Drug Court program for the two Judicial Districts. 

What is a Drug Court?

  • Drug Courts offer a viable alternative to incarceration, decrease recidivism, improve public safety and reduce cost to taxpayers.
  • Drug Courts go beyond traditional roles by combining intensive treatment with a collaborative effort by the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, treatment provider, community supervision officer and law enforcement.
  • Drug courts recognize and reward those participants who make and keep a commentment to comply with the probram and maintain a drug-free livestyle.
  • Drug Courts promptly address non-compliance and relapse with sanctions developed to encourage success or eliminate those not committed to sobriety from the program.
  • It is for felony offenders either on probation or entering via pretrial diversion. While the emphasis is on drug offenders, a limited number of spaces exist for alcohol offenses, principally Intoxication Assault or Intoxication Manslaughter. 

What a Drug Court will not be:

It will not be an opportunity to avoid prosecution and not taking personal responsibility for illegal drug-related activity. Participants are held accountable. Participants who are uncommitted, uncooperative or non-compliant are eliminated and charges are adjudicated (or probation revoked).

Why a Drug Court?

  • 45% of offenders convicted of drug possession will recidivate with a similar offense within 2 to 3 years.
  • The more frequent an offender has been arrested for a drug offense the more likely he or she is to recidivate.
  • Drug addicts spend at least $50.00 per day on drugs. To maintain their habits, they commit larceny, burglary, robbery and other crimes.
  • Drug Courts work and assist the Criminal Justice System in their effort to break the recidivism chain.

What happens in the drug court program?

"Drug Court" involves many activities by the offender during a minimum 12 Month, 3-Phase Program involving:
  • Orientation (assessments, beginning of outpatient treatment, u/a's, field visits
  • Stabilization (continuation of treatment, cognitive skills, parenting, GED and other life-enhancing courses)
  • Reintegration and Aftercare (continuation of court appearances and office visits)
During the actual drug court dockets the judge presides and the session is attended by the offender, perhaps their family members or an AA/NA sponsor, and by the CSCD officer, treatment provider, prosecutor and, if desired, defense counsel. The offender's progress is reviewed and success is rewarded while regression may be sanctioned -- sometimes simply by dropping back down the ladder of their continuum and ranging all the way to incarceration for serious non-compliance. The worst-case scenario is non-compliance resulting in revocation.

Admission to the Drug Court program

Offenders enter the program via either a plea, a probated sentence from a jury, or pretrial diversion. While the state and defense are welcome to negotiate for terms including Drug Court, the Court will permit that participation only after CSCD does an intake and the Court determines that the offender is a viable candidate for the program.

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