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Drug Treatment Court

Drug Treatment Courts (DTC) were developed as a national model to do a better job of addressing the way court systems deal with substance abusing offenders. Drug Treatment Courts in North Carolina are designed to enhance and monitor services to a limited number of chemically dependent offenders. They work to break the cycle of addiction that is at the root of much criminal activity. The DTC’s work to reduce justice system, health system and other societal costs.

Drug Treatment Courts are funded by county governments and federal grants.  North Carolina provides no funds for these valuable courts.  Currently, statewide, there are 14 adult drug courts, 8 family drug courts, 7 DWI courts, 4 youth drug courts, 6 mental health courts, 3 veteran substance abuse courts, and 1 tribal court.

Offenders participating in Drug Treatment Court attend a session of court every two weeks held by the Drug Treatment Court Judge. The Judge becomes very familiar with the individual cases and works closely with a Drug Treatment Court team to keep an offender in treatment.