Champaign County Drug Court
Honorable Jeffrey B. Ford
The mission of the Champaign County Drug Court is to develop substance-free, productive citizens and break the cycle of criminal recidivism. This is accomplished by assessing and directing individuals with substance abuse addictions into judicially-supervised treatment.
Facts about Drug Court
A drug court is a specialty court that manages drug abuse cases through comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment and sanctions/incentives. Incarceration is an appropriate resolution for some defendants, but for many, society is better served by addressing the underlying causes of a defendant's addiction.
Since the first drug court was founded in Miami over 20 years ago, there has been scientific research that clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of drug court programs. Drug courts significantly reduce drug use, and related crime, and are much more cost-effective than traditional criminal justice methods. Drug courts serve over 120,000 clients per year and have more than a million graduates in all 50 states and 15 countries.
Addiction to drugs is difficult to overcome in the best of circumstances. Individuals sentenced to Drug Court work harder than they have ever worked in their lives. A defendant's success requires tremendous dedication from the professional staff, the clients, and their families to make the transition from addiction to sobriety. The following agencies are represented on the Drug Court Team: State's Attorney, Public Defender, Court Services, Prairie Center Health Systems, TASC, Community Elements, the Judiciary, the Sheriff's Department, Family Services and Safe House.
Drug Court Eligibility
Participants sentenced to Drug Court:
- Must be sentenced at an open sentencing hearing with a pre-sentence report.
- Must be a Champaign County resident.
- Must be assessed as an individual having a substance abuse/alcohol problem.
- Must NOT have a history of violence.
- Must not be a drug dealer.
- Must have a drug-related felony.
- Must not have previously been sentenced to Drug Court.
Drug Court Forms
- Order on Requesting Drug Court Assessment
- Order Regarding Defendant's Eligibility for Drug Court
- Request for Drug Court Assessment
- Drug Court Eligibility Criteria
- Drug Court Assessment Timeline
- Consent to Participate in Drug Court Program
Drug Court Graduation Requirements
For every three people sentenced to Drug Court, only one graduates. In order to graduate a Drug Court participant must:
- Have one year of continuous sobriety.
- Have continuous involvement in a sobriety-based, 12-step, self-help group.
- Have no pending criminal charges.
- Attend, actively participate and successfully complete all recommended treatment.
- Have no outstanding arrest warrants and have six consecutive months without a misdemeanor conviction. Defendant must keep probation officer aware of any such convictions.
How You Can Help Drug Court
Champaign County Drug Court depends on support from the local community. You can help by:
- making monetary donations to aid participants receive necessary medical, dental and other services.
- donating merchandise or gift cards for incentives. Research has shown that a system of incentives and sanctions is most effective. Incentives have been shown to decrease recidivism by up to 65%.
- employing Drug Court participants and graduates.
- asking your elected officials to support drug courts.
Please consider helping Champaign County Drug Court fulfill its mission to foster responsible citizenship. You can donate in person or send a check made payable to the Champaign County Drug Court Fund.
Champaign County Mental Health Board
ATTN: Champaign County Drug Court Fund
1776 E. Washington Street
Urbana, Illinois 61802
All donations are tax deductible. A receipt will be issued in the donor's name for tax records.
For further information or for a speaker to present to your group about Drug Court, please call (217) 384-1292.
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Courthouse Room 213
101 E. Main St.
Urbana, IL 61801