Why DUI/Drug Treatment Court?

Incarceration has not proven an effective, long-term deterrent for repeat offenders. The ability to utilize Judicial Review in regards to treatment allows for a higher degree of follow-through and accountability for the participants in this program. This will lead to a higher level of treatment success and in increase in public safety as a result.

  • Integrate treatment services with justice system case processing.
  • Development of a strong, working relationship between prosecution and defense counsel, promoting public safety while protecting participants’ due process rights.
  • Identify and place eligible participants quickly.
  • Provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug and other related treatment and rehabilitation services.
  • Monitor abstinence by frequent alcohol and other drug testing with utilization of any current monitoring technologies that will help the maintenance of abstinence.
  • Develop and maintain a coordinated system of sanctions/incentives to facilitate better participant compliance.
  • Maintain an ongoing judicial interaction with each participant, recognizing that this is an essential part of the DUI Court process.
  • Facilitate an independent evaluation of the overall program goals and a gauge of the program’s effectiveness.
  • Develop partnerships among drug courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations that generate local support and enhance overall program effectiveness.
  • Facilitate effective treatment services for all local adult populations without regard to sex, age, race, or national origin.
  • Provide accountability within the re-licensure process for all participants, facilitating their completion of all re-licensure requirements and a return to legal driving status.
  • Reduce the Driving Under the Influence recidivism rate and the impact on the local judicial system and the community.
  • Reduce the number of traffic accidents related to DUI offenses.
  • Facilitate the participants’ taking personal responsibility for their own behaviors, substance abuse treatment and empowering them to become productive and responsible members of the community.