Persons who are accepted participate in a highly structured program. This includes:
- Frequent Court sessions
- Substance abuse treatment
- Frequent drug screening
- Counseling and support sessions
- Support Program Referral
- Employment, Education and Life Skills Assistance
- Monthly fees
- Sanctions for violation of program requirements and may result in removal from the program
Sanctions for violations of program rules range from extra appearances before the Court to periods of incarceration. A defendant may be removed from the program for repeated violations.
Defendants who complete the Drug Court Program have the charge(s) against them dismissed.
What Is Involved?
The program includes:
- Evaluations/assessments are conducted prior to determining appropriate substance abuse treatment.
- The program is conducted in three Phases.
- The program requirements are set out in the Participation Agreement. Each phase has different requirements which include education, employment, travel restrictions, drug testing, and payment of all costs, fines and fees.
- Phase advancement is contingent upon meeting all requirements of each phase and the length of time in a phase can vary.
- Participants are subject to sanctions for violations of program requirements and eligible for incentive rewards.
- Participants are either employed are attending school during the program.
- Required attendance at regular sessions of Drug Court.
- Progress monitored by the Circuit Court Judges.
Drug Court involves and is supported by:
The Circuit Court Judges, The County Boards of Supervisors, the Office of the District Attorney, the Mississippi Department of Corrections; the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center and other Community based organizations