“The scientific community has put Drug Courts under a microscope and concluded that Drug Courts work. Better than jail or prison. Better than probation and treatment alone. Drug Courts significantly reduce drug use and crime and are more cost-effective than any other proven criminal justice strategy.” – National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Implemented in 2012, The Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court is one of 50 Drug Treatment Courts in Wisconsin. It is a post plea, pre-predisposition program, offering participants the opportunity to amend their current criminal charges pending with the Court to a lesser charge based on successful completion of the rigorous program requirements.
PROGRAM GOAL: The primary goal of the program is to offer participants the opportunity to break the cycle of addiction, improve the chances of a sober, crime-free and healthy life, as well as contribute to a safer community.
PROGRAM PHASES: The Drug Treatment Court program consists of five phases, with a minimum timeline for each phase and specific requirements/expectations the participants must fulfill to be promoted by the Drug Treatment Court Team to the next phase. The team consists of the Judge, a representative from the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender, staff from Wisconsin Community Services Inc. (WCS), the Sheriff’s Department, Department of Health & Human Services, and Probation.
PROGRAM DURATION: The length of stay in the program is dependent on each participant’s progress as he/she moves through the five phases. Graduation may occur within 14 months, but it could take longer based on the participant’s treatment needs and compliance with program requirements.