Adult Felony Drug Court:
Drug Court is a voluntary program with two court meetings per month for persons who would otherwise be committed to prison, whose crimes are related to serious drug addiction, and who want help. The program includes inpatient residential treatment, outpatient treatment, self-help meetings and witnessed drug testing. Admission to resident treatment is dependent on their initial assessment. Participants are required to return to Court every other week. Counseling decreases as participants gain recovery time. Evaluation through data collected in 2010 demonstrated that 92% of program graduated have not had subsequent drug convictions since completing this program in Nevada County.
The County certifies both Community Recovery Resources and Common Goals to offer the PC1000 Drug Diversion Program. The California State Legislature first passed drug diversion into law in December 1972. The intent of the law was to provide drug abuse education and counseling services as an alternative legal action for first-time adult offenders. Offenses and populations qualifying for diversion are outlined in PC 1000 and Health and Safety Code 11350 and 11550 (possession or use of a controlled substance). In 1997, the State amended the law to change drug diversion to "Deferred Entry of Judgment." It is a now a post plea program. In lieu of criminal proceedings, defendants may choose to enter a plea of guilty with sentence in abeyance, and enroll in a counseling program. Offenders who successfully complete the counseling program and comply with all requirements of their court order are entitled to have their case dismissed.
Prop 36 Drug Court:
Nevada County offers a Proposition 36 Treatment Court which meets weekly. Under the Proposition 36 initiative passed in 2000 certain non-violent adult offenders who use or possess illegal drugs will receive drug treatment rather than incarceration. Eligible offenders receive up to one year of drug treatment and six months of aftercare. The Court may sanction offenders who are not amenable to treatment or who violate their probation terms. A licensed Behavioral Health Alcohol and Drug therapist performs comprehensive assessments of all Prop 36 candidates to assess readiness for treatment and determine appropriate treatment level. Referrals for vocational training, family counseling, literacy training and other services may also be provided. A ULCA Report found that programs statewide have saved significant money. The analysis reported that every $1 spent on the program has resulted in a $2 cut in government spending mainly from reduced prison costs. Data collection performed in Nevada County in 2010 demonstrated that our local treatment completion rate of 80% is significantly higher than the state average of 40%. The evaluation demonstrated that 87% of program graduates have not had subsequent drug convictions since completing this program in Nevada County.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Program:
Community Recovery Resources offers a 12 week and 3,6,9 12 and 18 month programs. The objectives of the DUI is to reduce the number of repeat DUI offenses by persons who complete a state-licensed DUI program, thereby increasing community safety, and to provide participants an opportunity to address problems related to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs.
- The Wet Reckless Programs serve persons convicted of reckless driving with a measurable amount of alcohol in their blood.
- First Offender Programs are for those convicted for the first time of a DUI offense, and they must complete a state-licensed three, six, nine or twelve month program, depending on their blood alcohol level.
- The 18 month Program serves second and subsequent DUI offenders.