When we stepped in to take over operation of the Drug Court in 2009 from a private entity, it only was averaging eight new participants per year. We gave the program a total overhaul and successfully relaunched it as the Adult Multi-Disciplinary Court.
The goal is to address the underlying problems that are causing an individual to commit crimes so they become productive members of society.
Each person is carefully screened to undergo professional substance abuse and mental health treatment. Those who are unsuccessful in abiding by the court’s rigid requirements are transferred to prison.
The program has a 70 percent success rate.
A success story
John was 23 years-old when he was convicted for possessing marijuana. He had just graduated from the University of South Carolina-Beaufort and had no previous criminal record. His plan was to make some money and to support his habit, which had started in his teenage years and continued while he went to college and worked in food service on the island.
A judge sentenced John into the Beaufort County Adult Multi-Disciplinary Court. If he failed to complete the program, he would go to prison for three years. He worked hard while in the program, continuing to work as a server at an upscale Hilton Head restaurant, while completing the stringent requirements of the court. His progression included 23 weeks of out-patient drug treatment, attendance at drug and alcohol support groups and routine court appearances. John’s progress was exemplary.
He graduated from the court in 10 months, and has not relapsed. Because he was a first-time offender, his record was expunged in order to get him back on track for a productive life. He now manages a business.
For more information about this program, please contact Michael Lee at 843-779-8477.