Drug Court partnerships

Drug Courts are specialty courts that provide a highly effective alternative to incarceration for individuals whose involvement in the criminal justice system is rooted in serious substance abuse issues. 

While incarceration is appropriate for some, for others both the offenders and society are better served by addressing the underlying causes of their addiction.

Drug Courts reduce crime as much as 45% more than other sentencing options.

Gary Williams Drug Court graduate

How It Works

Known as “problem-solving courts,” Drug Courts use a customized, hands-on approach to address the underlying problems contributing to an individual’s criminal behavior. To participate, individuals must be chosen by judges.

Those accepted avoid incarceration if they follow a strict regimen of programs and rules set by the judge and court. This includes one-on-one supervision, regular and random drug testing, comprehensive treatment, and in many cases, life-building skill development. Incentives are given for accomplishments and, if necessary, sanctions for noncompliance with established rules and guidelines.

Judges, treatment providers (like Prairie Center), prosecutors, defense attorneys, case managers, law enforcement, probation and parole officers, and others all review each individual case, collaborating to achieve recovery and long-lasting outcomes for participants.

Prairie Center is a proud partner with Champaign, Vermilion, and Ford Counties in their innovative diversionary partnership-driven Drug Court programs.

A Proven Criminal Justice Solution

By keeping the focus on treatment over imprisonment, Drug Courts are proven to reduce drug use and abuse and decrease recidivism and crime. In fact, 75% of adult criminal Drug Court graduates never see another pair of handcuffs.

Drug Courts are also much more cost-effective than traditional criminal justice methods: for every $1 invested in Drug Court, taxpayers save as much as $15.36 on justice system, medical costs, foster care, and property loss impacts.

Cost savings gained from Drug Court can be as high as $13,000 per client, reflected in reduced prison costs, reduced arrests and trials, and reduced victimization.

Drug Courts reduce drug use. Drug Courts reduce crime. Drug Courts save money. Drug Courts restore lives. Drug Courts save children and reunite families.


Join us in the fight to end addiction today!