Programs & Services

 

Drug Court Program

Judge: Nicholas St. Peter
Coordinator: Mary Read

Positive Values and Personal Responsibility

The Cowley County Drug Court is dedicated to reduce recidivism of our alcohol and drug offenders within the criminal justice system while striving to increase public safety and build an infrastructure for change with a cost effective, continuum of care through the development and utilization of community based programs. Drug Court will hold defendants accountable for their actions and will assist them to achieve long-term recovery to become law-abiding citizens as well as successful family and community members.

About Drug Court

Drug Courts are an innovative alternative to prison sanctions with emphasis on accountability and intensive monitoring for individuals charged with a felony drug related offense. All Drug Court Programs use a new type of courtroom environment where the offender undergoes treatment and counseling, submits to frequent and random drug testing, makes regular appearances before the Judge and is monitored closely for program compliance.

While Drug Courts vary widely in scope, organization, and points of intervention, they all share an underlying premise that drug use is not simply a law enforcement or criminal justice problem, but a public health problem with roots deep in society. Drug Court programs see the Court, and specifically the Judge, as filling a role that goes beyond that of adjudication.

The Cowley County Drug Court Program began in part as a result of the large number of felony drug convictions occurring in our county and the need to target these offenders with something new to possibly reduce the number of offenders we continued to see over and over in the court system.

Also playing a part in the implementation of our program was the passage of Senate Bill 14 Risk Reduction Initiative in 2007, which established three specific goals:

  1. Increase public safety
  2. Reduce the risk level of probationers on Community Corrections supervision
  3. Increase the percentage of probationers successfully completing community corrections supervision

Our Drug Court Program will be vital in completing these goals.

Drug Court consists of a Drug Court team which meets every Wednesday afternoon before Drug Court at 4:00 p.m. The team consists of but is not limited to treatment providers, county attorney’s office, law enforcement, probation, mental health staff, and any other social service organization that may be involved in the probationer’s life to discuss how they have done with their program.

Immediate Sanctions or Rewards

The probationer will meet with the Judge and will be immediately given praise or a consequence for their behavior. The team will decide what award or sanction should be imposed. The sanctions could range from extra community service, an earlier curfew, increased treatment or jail time. If the probationer has done a good job, the Judge may give verbal praise, remove the curfew, move them to a different phase of reporting or give them a reward of a small gift card.

Drug Testing

The probationer will be required to call an automated phone line to see if he/she needs to report for a drug test that day. They are to report to the Community Corrections Office between 7:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. Monday – Friday, and on Saturday, Sunday and holidays are to report to the Cowley County Jail between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to submit testing.

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