Drug Courts 1
The main function of a drug court is to prevent and discourage use, selling of, or distributing
illegal drugs by offenders. By utilizing drugs courts in ways such as deterrent, prevention, and
treatment to curb nonviolent offenders can be a crucial step in rehabilitation for the majority.
“Drug courts are specialized court docket programs that target criminal defendants and
offenders, juvenile offenders, and parents with pending child welfare cases who have alcohol and
other drug dependency problems” (DRUG COURTS, 2012). Many public schools offer
programs such as D.A.R.E., which is ran by local law enforcement to discourage illegal drug use.
Many states have set up specific courts to deal with nonviolent offenders.” The Carroll County
Drug Treatment Court operates in the Circuit Court for Carroll County and has been specifically
designed and staffed to supervise non-violent, drug dependent defendants who have been
referred to a comprehensive and judicially monitored program” (Drug Treatment Court, n.d.).
Drug courts that are ran effectively, can curb drug use and distribution with insight and
Drug Treatment Court. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://carrollcountystatesattorney.org/drug-treatment-court/