Drug Court Program
Drug Court Program Manager: Jean Solon
The purpose of the DuPage County Drug Court Program is to provide a sentencing alternative to non-violent drug offenders. This program is a pre-sentence program and is a condition of bond. The length of the program is 24 months. The applicant must meet basic criteria that includes but is not limited to residing in DuPage County, being age 17 or older, have a pending felony charge and demonstrate that they have a significant drug problem.
If the applicant meets the basic criteria, their attorney may file an application for the DuPage County Drug Court Program that can be found in all of the felony courtrooms. A six-week continuance is requested at that time. A licensed professional completes a thorough substance abuse evaluation. This evaluation format follows the recommended A-SAM criteria. The evaluation determines an applicant’s level of addiction and level of care. If an applicant is in custody at the DuPage County Jail during this time, they will be attending the JUST Program. If they are out on bond during this time, they will attend Pre-Contemplative groups that are facilitated by Probation staff. The purpose of these groups is to prepare the applicant for treatment.
If a person is then found eligible for the DuPage County Drug Court Program, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office and the defense attorney negotiate a plea agreement for the applicant. This agreement is based on the applicant’s criminal history. If the applicant is found eligible and is in agreement with the terms and conditions of Drug Court, they then sign a Drug Court Contract and Agreement. These documents specifically state what the participant must do to complete the Drug Court Program successfully.
The DuPage County Drug Court Program is a three-phase program. Phase 1 lasts approximately six months. During that time, the participant would be involved with their recommended level of care (i.e. long term residential, intensive outpatient). They would be reporting to court once a week and meeting with their Probation Officer one additional time per week. They are randomly drug tested at least two times per week. During Phase 2 (which can last 6-12 months), they will be reporting to court twice a month, to Probation once a week, randomly drug tested 1-2 times per week and continue with their next level of care (i.e. Halfway house, outpatient treatment). During Phase 3, they will report to court monthly, report to Probation every other week, weekly random drug tests and continue with aftercare, self-help meetings and any ancillary services that have been recommended.
The DuPage County Drug Court Program uses incentives and sanctions in dealing with participant behavior. The Program also recognizes that relapse is a part of the recovery process. However, any new felony arrest or arrest for Driving Under the Influence are grounds for automatic termination from the Drug Court Program.
Thank you for your interest in the DuPage County Drug Court Program. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Solon, Drug Court Program Manager, at 630-407-8539