Lafourche Parish Drug Treatment Court http://www.lpdtc.org/
WHAT IS DRUG COURT?
- A special court given the responsibility to handle cases involving drug-using offenders through comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services and immediate sanctions and incentives
- Brings the full weight of all interveners (judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, substance abuse treatment specialists, probation officers, law enforcement and correctional personnel, educational and vocational experts, community leaders and others) to bear, forcing the offender to deal with his or her substance abuse problem
WHAT ARE ITS BENEFITS?
- Quality and effective treatment.
- Effective use of tax dollars. Incarceration of drug using offenders costs between $20,000 and $50,000 per person, per year, and the capital costs of the building a single prison cell can be as much as $80,000. In contrast, the drug court typically costs $4,500 annually for each offender. Clients pay to participate in the program. This makes the drug court extremely cost effective to the tax-payer.
- The drug court is needed to free up limited jail space for serious criminals (National Association of Drug Court Professionals).
- The drug court re-enters into the community an individual who is more fully functioning as a parent, a family member, and as an employee in the work force.
DRUG COURT PARTICIPANT COMMENTS
- “The drug court has given me my life back, and I’m going to live it the right way.”
- “My family has more respect for me as do I for myself.”
- “I think that this program is my angel above looking after me.”
- “Without my counselors and my group members, I would not be able to stay sober.”
- “I have learned very much about caring for others, praying, forgiveness, and taking action with faith.”
- “I now believe in myself, and I have restored a relationship with God, my family, and myself.”
- “I feel a lot better being sober.”
- “The counselors are concerned about the participants’ lives. It is a hard program, but it works.”
- “I am very grateful for a second chance.”