What is drug court?
Drug Court is a program that was designed to provide an alternative to a penitentiary sentence for repeat felony drug offender. Drug Court focuses on long term treatment and very intense supervision with frequent group meetings to help facilitate and increase the defendant’s long term chances of recovery and sustained sobriety. Not all individuals are eligible to participate in the Drug Court program. In order to participate in Drug Court, the State’s Attorney’s Office must first consent to a defendant’s participation in the program. If the State consents, the defendant must then be approved by the Drug Court committee before staring the program. If a defendant successfully completes the Drug Court program, he or she will still have a conviction for a felony drug offense, but will have avoided the penitentiary sentence that very likely would have been imposed without Drug Court. If the defendant is unsuccessfully discharged from Drug Court, he or she must then appear in front of the Court and will almost certainly be sentenced to the penitentiary.
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