Bradley County Juvenile Drug Court

GOALS

The Bradley County Juvenile Drug Court’s goals are to provide participants and his or her families with the educational tools and needed support you will need to make lifestyle changes.  The provided tools will assist each individual in breaking the cycle of substance use and/or abuse, to include crime.  Each individual assigned to the drug court program will be accountable for his or her actions.  The drug court program will assist in goal achievements with the following services provided:

 

·         Judicial Supervision

·         Substance Abuse Monitoring/Recommendations for Additional Services if Needed

·         Probation Supervision

·         Random Drug Screening

·         Needs Assessments/Progress Reviews

·         Relapse Prevention Intervention – Aftercare (Parkridge Valley)

The ultimate goal of the program is for the participant to be a productive family member and citizen within the community by attending school, following house rules, making good grades and abstaining from alcohol and drugs.

This program is not easy. It requires many hours of participation by the juvenile and their families. However, cooperation with the Drug Court Team will keep the amount of time the participant is in the program at a minimum.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of the Bradley County Juvenile Drug Court is to ensure safer communities by assisting juvenile offenders and their families in establishing and maintaining a drug free lifestyle.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Juvenile Drug Court is a pre-trial diversion and a post conviction program for juvenile offenders who have substance abuse issues and have not been successful in maintaining drug abstinence. The program is a minimum of nine months and may be extended longer if necessary. Participants must remain clean and sober, be a productive citizen in the community, and complete all four phases of the program to graduate. Upon graduation all community service work hours should be completed and all court fees/restitution should be paid.  All participants will be under close supervision by a probation officer/case manager for weekly or bi-weekly court reviews before the Drug Court Referee, mandatory alcohol & drug treatment with a licensed alcohol and other drug counseling, and random drug testing. Each participant will complete at least 25 hours of community service work.

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Offender must be charged within Bradley County, Tennessee.
  • Offender must be between 13-17 years of age.
  • The current charge must be a non-violent, drug or property-related felony or misdemeanor.
  • Offender cannot have habitual motor vehicle violations.
  • Offender cannot have any outstanding charges or holds in any other charge from a court outside the 10th district.
  • Offender cannot have current sex offender charges or be a sex offender.
  • Offender must be a resident of Bradley County.
  • Offender cannot be an illegal alien.
  • Offender cannot act as an active informant – no gang affiliation.
  • Offender must be on court supervision.
  • Offender must be substance abusing.
  • Offender cannot be acutely mentally ill or suicidal.
  • Offender cannot have a significant history of drug trafficking.

 

Incentives and Sanctions

Incentives 

·         Reduction in court appearances with continual compliance

·         Phase Advancement

·         Reduction in curfew

·         Gift Cards and Certificates

Sanctions

·         Lengthening current Phase time, Phase demotion, additional judicial reviews

·         24-Hour Curfew

·         New Petition/Detention for Violation of Drug Court Probation

·         Additional Community Service Hours

Program Phases

The Juvenile Drug Court consists of four phases. Each phase is a minimum of 45 days and as the participant advances, each phase will become less and less intensive. For phase advancement the participant must be drug free, comply with drug treatment and probationary rules, and comply with rules of parent/legal guardian and school.

Phase I

A 24 hour curfew. Weekly judicial reviews, if needed - weekly meetings with case management and probation. Random drug tests. Must be drug free at least 45 days from Phase I start date to advance to Phase II. Once a week in-person contact with probation officer (if school is not in session) on a NON-court day and call in once a week with probation officer on a NON-court day.  Time Period: 9 Weeks minimum. 

Phase II

Bi-weekly judicial reviews, if needed - weekly meetings with case management and probation, random drug tests, less intensive drug treatment. Once a week in-person contact with probation officer (if school is not in session) on a NON-court day and call in once a week with probation officer on a NON-court day. Must be drug free at least 45 days from Phase II start date to advance to Phase III. Time Period: 9 Weeks minimum. 

Phase III

 

Every three week judicial reviews, if needed -weekly meetings with case management and probation, random drug tests, less intensive drug treatment. Once a week phone call to probation officer to check in on a NON-court day. Must be drug free at least 45 days from Phase III start date to advance to Phase IV. Time Period: 9 Weeks minimum

Phase IV

 

Every three to four week judicial reviews, less intensive supervision, random drug tests, less intensive drug treatment. Must be drug free at least 45 days from Phase IV start date to start 45 day aftercare. Time Period: 9 Weeks minimum. 

45 Day Aftercare

After the participant graduates from the drug court program, a 45 day aftercare program/guidelines is implemented. With full compliance in aftercare, the probationer’s file will be closed.  (Random Drug Screens, PASSING grades academically, check in by phone once a week – follow regular county probationer guidelines).

Graduation

When the participant has successfully completed all four phases of the program, to include aftercare, completed all community service work, paid court cost and restitution, and is drug free, the drug court team will decide the program has been successful and there will be a graduation ceremony.

The Drug Court Team will determine phase advancement, as well as, the date of graduation from the program. The final approval for graduation will be determined by the Juvenile Drug Court Magistrate.

Graduation is a tremendous accomplishment! When a participant has reached this point of the program they have demonstrated major changes in their life!

 


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