Juvenile Drug Court
The Jefferson County Juvenile Drug Court Program has been in existence since January 1, 2003 and is a court-managed, drug intervention treatment program designed to provide a cost effective alternative to traditional criminal case processing. The Drug Court Program provides an intensive service delivery plan for its participants through a variety of community outlets. This has been accomplished through a medical treatment, behavioral therapy, and court intervention standpoint.
Youth eligible for the program are non-violent delinquent youth that might exhibit moderate to severe chemical dependency issues. The program consists of three (3) phases and an aftercare component. The program generally lasts six (6) to nine (9) months in duration. Upon successful completion of the Drug Court Program, the original delinquency charge may be dismissed by the Juvenile Court Judge/Magistrate.
The court’s Juvenile Drug Court Program has been able to provide an intensive service delivery plan, both from a medical treatment and court intervention standpoint, for non-violent delinquent youth that might exhibit moderate to severe chemical dependency issues. The Drug Court team members include a Drug Court Magistrate, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, a defense attorney, an evaluator, Drug Court coordinator, and a treatment coordinator.