The Jefferson County Drug Recovery Court promotes safe communities and offender rehabilitation through accountability, application of best practices in treatment, and enhanced supervision. Offenders are treated with respect but are held accountable for their actions, allowing them the opportunity to recover from chemical dependence and to live life as productive, law-abiding citizens.
During this intensive 18-month program, offenders make frequent court appearances and are held to strict compliance with their individual program requirements.
Drug courts and other specialty courts have proven to be a successful strategy to stop the “revolving door” of justice, addressing the underlying factors which often lead people into a life of crime.
Drug Recovery Courts also provide substantial cost savings by not incarcerating these non-violent offenders for extended periods of time.
Offenders qualified to participate in the Recovery Court Program must be probation eligible for non-violent, felony offenses. A defendant is not eligible to participate in the program if their crime involved possession or use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, major drug distribution, crimes of violence, sexual offenses, or illegal status in the country. Offenders must meet clinical diagnostic criteria for substance dependence and be motivated to make permanent changes in their lives.