Eligible clients will include both males and females whose histories and arrest records indicate problems related to substance
abuse but no patter of chronic violence or sex offenses. Violent offenders are defined as a person who:
- Is charged with or convicted of an offense, during the course of which offense or conduct:
- The person carried, possessed, or used a firearm or dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime.
- There occurred the death of, or serious bodily injury to any person; or
- There occurred the use of force against the person of another, without regard to whether any of the circumstances described in A, B, or C is an
element of the offense or conduct of which or for which the person is charged or convicted; or
- Has one or more prior convictions for a felony crime of violence involving the use or attempted use of force against a person with the intent to cause death or serious bodily harm, 42 U.S.C. § 3796ii
Criteria for participation in the Drug Court Program include the following:
- Possession of a small amount of drugs or paraphernalia (or other drug related charges).
- Other criminal charges related to drug use.
- No evidence of substantial drug dealing.
- No pattern of chronic violent offenses.
- No sex offenders.