A program for those whose crimes are driven by drugs.  

Stop the addiction.  Stop the Crime.

What is Adult Drug Court?

Adult Drug Court addresses the cause of the criminal activity (addiction to drugs) and decreases the likelihood of a return to that criminal activity.

Through a strict and disciplined rehabilitation program, participants are given a chance to recover from the addiction that led to their crime and build a new life in recovery; to find a better quality of life for the individual and the community.

It is a win/win situation for all involved. The addict gets a chance for a new life. The law is enforced. The cost to the taxpayer is reduced while maintaining public safety.

Drug Court has proven to reduce return to criminal activity (recidivism).  The program can change an addict from criminal to a law abiding citizen.

Who is eligible?

  • Criminal activity must be related to the addiction
  • No violent crimes are eligible; “violent” is defined as causing harm or injury to persons and/or use of deadly weapons.
  • Must be referred by the prosecuting attorney assigned to the case
  • Must have clinical diagnosis of addiction per assessment completed by the treatment/clinical counselor.
  • Prior violent offenders and dual diagnosis persons may be eligible on a case by case basis; each requires further psychological evaluation.

Program Requirements:

  • Defendants must plead guilty and be sentenced by a Circuit Court Judge.
  • The sentence is held open until completion of the Drug Court program.
  • Upon successful completion of Drug Court, the participant will appear back in front of the Circuit Court Judge for the sentence to be satisfied.
  • Unsuccessful termination from the program leads to the sentence being activated.
  • Drug Court is a minimum of 12 months.

Treatment guidelines and steps:

  • The Fourth Judicial Circuit contracts with certified agencies in the perspective county to provide treatment.
  • Drug Screens are required throughout the program.
  • The participant is required to attend weekly group sessions with the treatment provider.
  • The participant is required to attend monthly case management sessions.
  • The participant is required to participate in weekly support group meetings.
  • The participant must remain employed full-time during participation or actively seeking employment.
  • All fines and restitution before completion
  • If the participant does not have a High School diploma or GED, one must be obtained prior to completion