Loudoun County recently launched a new drug court in an effort to keep people from continuously cycling in and out of the criminal justice system.
On January 2, Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to establish an adult drug court. The old drug court that ran from 2004 to 2012 was based on a probation violation model and lacked participation. Officials say the new system is not only better for the criminal justice system but the community as a whole.
“It’s expensive to incarcerate people and this is a cost saving to the community and it’s better for these people’s families.” Nicole Wittmann, Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County said. “When people are addicted to drugs and have these problems that cause them to come into the court system, again and again, incarceration is not the right answer because we start to see them again and again so we know that’s not the way to treat drug problems,” she added.
The following are the eligibility criteria for entry into the Drug Court Program.
The offender must:
- Reside in Loudoun County
- Be alcohol or drug dependent
- Be on supervised probation for a felony conviction
- Have a pending Probation Violation that is due to their alcohol or drug dependency
- Have no prior convictions for violent felonies or weapons offenses
- Have no other pending charges, which have the potential for a jail sentence
- Not be on probation for a felony DUI, be on parole or post-release supervision or on probation for a jurisdiction other than Loudoun County
- Not be a confidential informant