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.

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1. How does Drug Court work?
2. What does a drug court participant have to do while in Drug Court?
3. Who determines who is eligible for Drug Court?
4. Who is on the Drug Court Team?
5. How long does Drug Court last?
6. How much does Drug Court cost?
7. What if a participant can't afford to pay for the treatment?
8. Can people charged with violent crimes or sex crimes participate in Drug Court?
9. This sounds like a lot of money to be spending on a bunch of criminals. Is it worth it?
10. This sounds like you'll be holding a lot of extra court hearings. How many more people did Island County have to hire to run a drug court?
11. I know someone who would benefit from Drug Court. Who should I contact for more information?