The Drug Court Program is committed to assisting with the intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation of drug offenders who desire to change circumstances in their lives and break the cycle of drug dependency. It is designed to reduce crime by changing drug using behavior. It is a highly structured program, lasting six months to five years and encourages sobriety through weekly court appearances, intensive supervision by the Probation Services Department, urine testing, involvement with treatment, and support groups. Upon successful completion of the Drug Court Program, participants will be clean and sober, have a support system within the community, have improved health, have employment or be furthering their educations, have their cases dismissed at graduation if on Intervention in Lieu of Conviction or Treatment in Lieu of Conviction and graduate from Drug Court, receiving a certificate and token.
Drug Court began on January 19, 1996, and the program is having a positive impact on the offenders’ continued involvement and participation in the program. Drug Court is a highly successful project which maintained a successful completion rate of 74%.