When it comes to drug crimes in Utah, residents may be interested to hear that there is an alternative in Utah County to incarceration in such circumstances: drug courts. It has been shown that putting people in jail does not break the cycle of drug addiction and criminal activity. Treatment does work, but as many as 90 percent of those in conventional drug treatment programs drop out before a year of treatment. Drug Courts, on the other hand, offer a bridge between supervision and treatment, and provide legal incentives for offenders to stick with the program long enough to reap its rewards.
Over 66 percent of those who begin treatment in a drug court complete it after 12 months or more has gone by. Even involuntary treatment has been proven to be effective, according to one source. Drug courts provide a means for individuals to obtain treatment, counseling and other help they need to become productive members of society.
In order to be admitted to Drug Court in Utah County, the individual must be facing felony drug charges, or be on probation for such a charge. The individual must be a resident of Utah County and have no history of violent offenses. The individual must have no more than $1000 owed in restitution, and such restitution must be paid off while the individual is in Drug Court. The charges against the individual must not be regarding drug distribution. Finally, the individual must not have been imprisoned before. In addition, if the individual’s case involves a crime victim, that person must agree to the individual entering into Drug Court. Drug Court can take 12 to 18 months to complete.
For many in Utah County, Drug Court provides an alternative treatment program to help break the cycle of drug addiction and crime. It may be the best way for an individual to turn over a new leaf and make a fresh start in life. Those with questions about Utah County’s Drug Court may want to consider working with an attorney.
Source: utahcountyonline.org, “Adult Drug Court,” accessed June 27, 2016