Drug Court

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Eighth Circuit Drug Court Program is a court-supervised treatment program that provides an alternative to traditional prosecution and incarceration of non-violent offenders with substance abuse problems. The program is designed to promote self-sufficiency and personal responsibility. Participation in this program requires the offender to make a long term commitment of a minimum of 12-18 months to successfully graduate. The offender must be motivated to change and be willing to commit to a more responsible lifestyle.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: (Subject to change without notice): An offender who participates in Drug Court will be required to report to court for bi weekly progress reports to the judge. Currently Drug Court meets at the Greenwood County and Laurens County Courthouse General Sessions court rooms. The offender can be required to attend approximately 3 to 6 hours of group substance abuse counseling per week as well as AA or NA meetings. Detailed program requirements are listed at the end of this page.


EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION: An offender who participates in Drug Court will be required to maintain full time employment (minimum of 32 hours a week). Any unusual circumstances will be addressed by the Drug Court Director. If the offender is not a high school graduate, he or she may be required to obtain a GED.


DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING: The offender will be routinely tested for drugs and alcohol throughout the program. Any tampering, altering, or diluting the tests could result in termination from the program. Hair testing may also be used to move the offender through the different phases of the program.


GRADUATION: An offender who successfully completes the rigorous Drug Court program will have his or her original charges dismissed, and if the offender is eligible, the charge may be expunged from his or her criminal record.


TERMINATION: If it is determined that the offender is not in compliance with the requirements of Drug Court, he or she will be terminated from the program. He or she will then be ordered to serve the full amount of the sentence received prior to entering the Drug Court Program. For Level II participants, the offender must plead guilty to his or her charges prior to program entry.


FEES: The offender will be required to pay the following fees: $350.00 enrollment fee, $25.00 per week supervision fee throughout the entire length of the treatment program.


Detailed Program Requirements

Level I Requirements 12 month minimum — 4 phases

Phase I:  (3 months)

  • ​2-3 hours of group counseling per week
  • 1 support group meeting per week
  • Comply with curfew, education, and employment goals
  • Random drug tests (daily call-in)
  • Biweekly Drug Court

Phase II:  (3 months)

  • ​2-3 hours of group counseling per week
  • 1 support group meeting per week (if ordered)
  • Random drug tests
  • Biweekly Drug Court

Phase III:  (3 months)

  • ​1 hour of group counseling per week
  • Random drug tests
  • Biweekly Drug Court

Phase IV:  (3 months)

  • ​Biweekly counseling
  • Random drug tests
  • Monthly Drug Court/ Case management

Level II Requirements 18 month minimum — 4 phases

Phase I:  (4 months)

  • 6 hours of group counseling per week and/or individual counseling if needed
  • 2-3 support group meetings per week (on weekends)
  • Biweekly drug testing
  • Biweekly Drug Court

Phase II:  (4 months)

  • 4-6 hours of group counseling per week
  • 1-2 support group meetings per week (on weekends)
  • Biweekly Drug Court
  • Random drug tests

Phase III:  (4 months)

  • 1-3 hours of group counseling per week
  • Biweekly Drug Court
  • Random drug tests

Phase IV:  (6 months)

  •  Weekly to biweekly group counseling
  • Biweekly to monthly Drug Court
  • Case management