Douglas County Drug Court Information
- Public Info
- Alternatives to Incarceration
The mission of the Drug Court of Douglas County is to seeks to reduce recidivism of those individuals with substance use disorder who are involved in the criminal justice system by offering community treatment services with a therapeutic court setting which provides the opportunity to develop a structured, law abiding and substance free lifestyle while enhancing public safety.
In January 2020, the Douglas County Drug Court seeks to was established to more effectively address the increasing number of defendants with substance use disorders to reduce recidivism, promote and enhance public safety, hold them accountable and provide alternatives to incarceration, and engage the community in the recovery process through education and awareness.
The Drug Court is a post-plea, pre-sentence program where the participant must enter a plea of guilty to the charge(s) and is subsequently convicted. Sentencing is withheld pending successfully completion of the program, at which point the plea is withdrawn and the case dismissed. If at any time during the program the participant is terminated unsuccessful, sentencing proceeds with terms as outlined in the plea.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys, jail staff and treatment providers, police and probation officers, Municipal and District Court Judges can refer potential participants based on eligibility criteria.