Goals of Drug Court
The goals of Drug Court are to provide the participants with the foundation on which to become a more productive member of the community and to reduce recidivism rates among offenders whose basis for crime is drug addiction.
How is Drug Court Different?
The Jackson County Drug Court Program seeks to reduce substance abuse, crime, and recidivism in the community by providing judicially supervised drug treatment.
Drug Courts are different from traditional courts because they operate by a team approach, focusing on providing social services, closely monitoring the progress of each defendant in treatment, and administering graduated sanctions as an alternative to additional criminal charges.
The Phases of Jackson County Drug Court (A 12-18 month program)
Inpatient Treatment - The first 7-21 days of the program are spent in inpatient treatment in the Jackson County Correctional Facility. Requirements include group therapy, individual counseling and 12 step meetings.
Phase I - Four weeks of intensive outpatient treatment. Requirements include 4 days a week group therapy, individual sessions, 12 step program attendance, and urinalysis testing 4 times a week, and a weekly court appearance.
Phase II - Twelve weeks of moderately intensive outpatient treatment that includes group therapy 3 times a week, individual counseling once a month, 12 step participation, urinalysis testing two or three times a week and a court appearance every 2 weeks.
Phase III - Sixteen weeks of less intensive treatment that includes group therapy twice a week, individual counseling once a month, participation in a 12 step program, urinalysis twice a week, and a court appearance every three weeks.
After Care - Sixteen weeks of treatment that includes group therapy 1 night a week, individual counseling once a month, participation in a 12 step program, urinalysis testing 1 time a week and a court appearance once a month.
How Does an Individual Enter the Drug Court Program?
There are certain factors the Drug Court team reviews when considering an individual for admission into the program.
Eligibility requirements for Drug Court are as follows:
- Non violent offenses: Drug possession charges, Drug purchasing charges, or crimes as a result of addiction.
- Demonstrated substance abuse problems
- Willingness to participate in treatment
- and Limited criminal history
Some factors or behaviors can exclude individuals from Drug Court. Defendants with both addiction and mental health problems present difficult obstacles. Also, defendants whose primary criminal involvement is in manufacturing and selling illegal substances or who have an ingrained criminal lifestyle typically make poor candidates for drug court.