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What is a Drug Court?

Drug Court is a special court given the responsibility of select felony and misdemeanor cases involving non-violent drug-using offenders. The program includes frequent random drug testing, judicial and probation supervision, drug treatment counseling, educational and vocational opportunities, and the use of sanctions and incentives.

The Judge is actively involved in supervising drug court offenders; rather than defendant's being placed unsupervised, in a probationary or diversionary program for drug treatment.

There are over 600 drug courts in the nation, about 92 in our state. Each is set up using the guidelines of the Federal Office of Drug Court Policy. After the successful completion of the criminal drug court program, which is a minimum of 12 months, the original sentence is permanently stayed.

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