The Mission of The
First Judicial District Adult Felony Drug Court is to reduce the impact of
drug-related crime on the community by utilizing available community resources
to rehabilitate substance abuse offenders. It provides a cost-effective
alternative to traditional prosecution and incarceration of nonviolent
offenders with substance abuse problems. Participants are rehabilitated through
court supervision and substance abuse treatment. Participation in this program
requires a personal commitment. Members of the Adult Drug Court Team are
present to provide guidance and assistance. However, the final responsibility
is upon the individual and one must be motivated to make this change and commit
to a more responsible way of life.
The First Judicial
District Drug Court serves all seven counties of the First Judicial District:
Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss, and Tishomingo. It is an
intense, probationary court which mandates drug and alcohol treatment, frequent
random drug testing, court appearances, home visits, support meeting
attendance, employment, and, if needed, GED classes. The participants are
responsible for all costs of their treatment as well as a monthly supervision
fee. Drug Court requires a minimum of a 36-month commitment during which the
participants comply with the requirements and advance through five phases.
Once an individual is
referred to Drug Court, an initial interview is conducted by Drug Court staff.
After the interview, the individual’s prior criminal history is reviewed and an
assessment is conducted by the treatment provider. After the individual
qualifies, it is a joint decision between the individual’s attorney, Drug Court
staff, the District Attorney, and law enforcement as to who is accepted into
Drug Court. The defendant then enters a plea to the felony charge pending or
undergoes a probation revocation before a Circuit Court Judge and enters phase
I of the Drug Court. During the course of participation, the Drug Court Staff
and team members monitor, review, and discuss the progress and needs of each
For more information
about the Drug Court or to make a referral, contact Jennifer Cummings at 662-728-4060.