The mission of the Eleventh Judicial District Court Program is to provide judicial intervention, treatment and intensive supervision to individuals who have committed criminal acts as a direct or indirect result of their substance abuse. By providing this multi-disciplinary approach these individuals will become productive, sober law-abiding citizens.
Goals and Objectives
The Goals and Objectives of the Eleventh Judicial District Drug Court Program is:
- To reduce drug and alcohol usage by Drug Court Participants.
- To reduce the likelihood of participants re-immersing themselves and families in the Criminal Justice System.
- To increase the ability of the Drug Court Participants to live successful, productive lives within the community, through the attainment of employment and education.
- For participants to demonstrate a commitment to positive change as measured by the successful completion of each Phase of the program and graduation from Drug Court Program.
The Drug Court Program is a program designed around the concept of positive reinforcement and is based on a team effort for support. It is recognized and accepted that a drug addict may relapse a number of times before he/she is finally able to remain clean. Therefore, sanctions are built into the program when such relapses occur. The design concept of Drug Courts also maintains that individuals continue through the phases of the program until they successfully graduate. The program discourages individuals from "giving up" and taking the "easy way out" by requesting to "finish their time" incarcerated so that they can get back out and pursue their former lifestyles of drugs and criminal activity. The goal is to provide to the community sober, educated, and employable individuals.
The program is designed in such a way that as participants make progress with their substance abuse issues, they move from detoxification in the pre-phase to a highly supervised treatment program in Phase One and Phase Two, and finally to a less intensive treatment program in Phase Three. Although a positive urinalysis does not automatically terminate a participant from the program, the Drug Court Judge may impose a variety of sanctions.
Treatment Components Include:
- Intensive Substance Abuse Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Life Skills Training
- 12-Step Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotic Anonymous Meetings
- Community Service
Participants are also required to undergo regular urinalysis screening, meet frequently with their Drug Court Probation Officer, and appear weekly before the Drug Court Judge.
The Eleventh Judicial District Drug Court Program (DCP) began pilot operation on October 7, 1997. The Drug Court Program is a minimum ten month, four phase, adult felony drug court. The mission of the program is to mandate adult felony offenders to achieve total abstinence from illicit drug use, thereby diverting them from the New Mexico Corrections Department prison system and reducing the incidence of recidivism. To do so the Drug Court provides court-sponsored, community based treatment and supervision to selected offenders who are identified as having substance abuse issues and who could benefit the public and private sectors which requires cooperation and collaboration among all of the following: Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Probation and Parole Authorities, other Corrections Personnel, Law Enforcement, Pretrial Service Agencies, Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, Educational Agencies, Housing Agencies, and Substance Abuse Treatment Providers such as Presbyterian Medical Services (PMS).
Currently, the program is funded as a cooperative effort by the District Court and the Corrections Department. The Corrections Department funds treatment for 20 Drug Court clients.
FY 2014 Stats
- Drug Court Graduates - 20
- Graduation Rate - 37.7%
- Recidivism Rate of Drug Court Participants - 30.4%
- Client Cost Per Day - $12.13