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Adult Drug Court
Adult Felony Drug Court
Island County Superior Court now operates adult and juvenile Drug Courts. Drug Courts are alternatives to traditional prosecution for non-violent drug-addicted offenders. Participating in Adult Drug Court requires a minimum two-year commitment of intensive treatment and supervision as well as compliance with rigorous conditions. Failure to comply with conditions will result in sanctions, and, ultimately, conviction and sentencing on the original crimes. Successful graduation will result in dismissal or reduction of the original charges, and a strong start toward sustained sobriety, productivity and social integration.
For more information about Drug Court, visit Washington Drug Courts: Outcome Evaluation and Cost Benefit Analysis.
Island County Drug Court Manual and Forms
By clicking on the links below, you may view the Island County Adult Drug Court Policy and Procedures Manual, and forms that participants will need to review and submit in order to qualify for this program. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these documents.
|Adult Drug Court Policy and Procedures Manual||July 3, 2019|
|Authorization to Release Confidential Information||January 30, 2006|
|Drug Court Order of Terms and Conditions||March 6, 2006|
|Drug Court Stipulation To Bench Trial On Agreed Facts||March 6, 2006|
- How does Drug Court work?
Drug Court is for people charged with non-violent felonies whose drug addiction or dependency was a factor in the commission of their crimes. Participants must admit to the truth of all the evidence against them, in exchange for a two-year pre-trial treatment program. The treatment includes many restrictions on participants' daily activities, certified drug treatment and weekly drug testing, and close monitoring by a Drug Court judge.
A successful participant could get the charges against him or her dismissed at the conclusion of the program.
Failure to meet the program goals will result in termination, and automatic conviction and sentence to jail on the original charges.
- What does a drug court participant have to do while in Drug Court?
Drug Court participants must comply with numerous restrictions, as well as actively make progress in treating their addictions. At a minimum, participants must attend Drug Court every other week, they must obtain treatment according to a treatment plan prepared by a certified drug dependency treatment provider. Drug Court participants must participate in self-help groups, like Narcotics Anonymous. Drug Court participants must take random drug tests at least once a week. Participants, of course, must remain clean and sober, avoid contact with known drug users, and obey all laws. For all terms and conditions, review the Drug Court Procedures Manual, and the forms on our drug court page.
- Who determines who is eligible for Drug Court?
When a defendant asks to be considered for Drug Court, the prosecutor does initial screening for prospective participants. If the prosecutor determines the defendant is eligible for Drug Court, the entire Drug Court team will evaluate the defendant.
- Who is on the Drug Court Team?
The Drug Court team consists of the Drug Court Judge, Drug Court Prosecutor and Defense Attorney, and the Drug Court coordinator.
- How long does Drug Court last?
Minimum term for Adult Drug Court is two years. Minimum term for Juvenile Drug Court is one year. Depending on a person's progress, the term could be extended.
- How much does Drug Court cost?
There is a $500 administrative fee that all participants must pay in Adult Drug Court. There is no fee for Juvenile Drug Court. In addition, Drug Court participants must pay full restitution to the victim of the crime with which they are charged.
- What if a participant can't afford to pay for the treatment?
There is a state-supported fund called the Criminal Justice Drug Treatment Account that will help pay for treatment costs, even if the participant needs to have in-patient treatment.It may cover all costs of treatment. A participant's private insurance may also cover treatment costs.
- Can people charged with violent crimes or sex crimes participate in Drug Court?