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.