Santa Ana- May is National Drug Court Month, and many of the Drug Courts in operation at the Superior Court Justice Centers throughout Orange County will be hosting special graduation ceremonies for participants who have completed the Drug Court program. Drug Court is a voluntary program that offers therapeutic treatment and strict judicial monitoring as an alternative to incarceration. According to the recently released 2006 Collaborative Courts Annual Report, 1,155 people have completed the program since it began in 1995, and nearly 70% of them have remained free from arrest since their graduation.
Drug Court is a collaboration that includes the Superior Court, the District Attorney, the Public Defender, the Probation Department, the Health Care Agency’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, and local law enforcement. Additional resources are provided by the nonprofit Drug Court Foundation of Orange County. In addition to information about the five adult Drug Courts, the 2006 Annual Report also includes the 2006 results for the Juvenile Drug Court, the Truancy Court, the DUI Courts, the Dependency Drug Courts for parents seeking reunification with children who have been removed from the home by the County, and the Co-Occurring Disorders Court and the other specialized court tracks for mentally ill offenders. The 2006 Annual Report is available on the public website of the Orange County Superior Court, at http://www.occourts.org/geninfo/collaborative.
Court Release #008-07