June 26, 2019

Fifth Judicial District Now Home to Colorado’s Newest Drug Court

In October, Summit County launched Colorado’s latest Drug Court, a problem-solving court “focused on treating substance abuse among qualifying criminal offenders.” The court will also serve the counties of Clear Creek and Eagle within the Fifth Judicial District. The area has seen a high percentage of criminal cases relating to drug and alcohol addiction. Instead of simply sending such offenders to prison, the new court will seek to help treat the addiction and reduce recidivism.

The new Drug Court is one of over fifty such problem-solving courts in Colorado. Participants are screened and approved through a multidisciplinary process, and engage in rehabilitation through “monitoring, customized treatment programs, intensive supervision and regular, in-person court review hearings.” Additionally, participants, capped at 15 for the court’s initial client list, must undergo counseling and submit to random and frequent drug and alcohol testing.

Rehabilitation and financial statistics from the drug courts are also impressive and further bolster the program. “Seventy-five percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program, and every dollar invested in drug courts results in a net savings of $3.36 that would have otherwise been spent on criminal justice costs.

More information about drug courts can be found here.

The Colorado Judicial Branch press release can be found here.

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