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Drug Court is a program for juveniles on
probation who have severe drug problems. They are ordered
to participate in the program by a juvenile court judge as a term
The program is rigorous.
Juveniles are expected to be tested for drugs several times a
week and appear in court once a week to tell a judge what they
have done in the past week. If they violate terms of their probation,
there are immediate consequences:
- Additional community service hours
- Earlier curfew or house arrest
- Increased urinalysis testing
- Reduction to a previous phase
- Time in detention.
Drug Court probationers are also rewarded for staying off drugs and complying with the
terms of their probation:
- Clean and sober monthly activities;
- Tickets to movies and special events,
- Pizza parties and other celebrations
- Rewards for each 100 days that are “clean,”
- Personalized gifts at graduation,
- Reinstatement of Driver License after graduation.
A team of a probation
officer and a surveillance officer supervises a small caseload
(no more than 20 juveniles) of drug court probationers to monitor
compliance and intervene immediately in any problem the probationer
or his family may have that would endanger the juvenile’s
performance in the Drug Court program. The team makes numerous
personal contacts each week.
There is also an emphasis
on group and individual counseling, and involvement of the juvenile’s
The program has five
phases, each lasting from 4 to 8 weeks. It will take a juvenile
at least 9 months to complete the program.
Juveniles can be placed
in the program only by a Judge. They must:
- Be at least 13
years old and adjudicated delinquent,
- Have a history
of positive drug tests,
- Be unable to control
their drug usage,
- Have spent significant
effort in obtaining and using drugs,
- Have problems in
other areas related due to drug abuse,
- Continue to have
used drugs despite knowing their consequences.