Juvenile Drug Court
The York Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) works with those juvenile offenders whose delinquent behavior is driven by substance abuse. By providing an opportunity for these young offenders to receive therapy for their problems while giving them the possibility to avoid incarceration for compliance with the program, our team has turned around the lives of countless children heading down the road to a life of hopeless addiction.
What is Juvenile Drug Court (JDC)?
JDC is an intensive treatment program for juvenile repeat offenders in drug-related cases. Clients and their families are required to meet for counseling twice a week. They are held accountable for their total behavior through weekly appearances before a judge who can sanction them with written assignments, community service, house arrest, or jail time.
Who is eligible?
Any juvenile repeat offender whose behavior is being impacted by drug use or drug involvement is eligible for the program. Assessments are conducted to ensure that candidates have the resources and understanding to be successful in the program.
How does JDC work?
Participants are adjudicated delinquent of their charges in Family Court. They are given an indefinite suspension to DJJ and placed on probation with the requirement that they comply with Juvenile Drug Court. If the participant successfully completes JDC the charges will be dismissed. If the participant fails to meet program requirements and is terminated from the program, the participant will be brought back to court on a violation of probation for further sentencing.
Signs that your child may be a candidate for JDC.
If your child is in trouble with the law due to drugs and is exhibiting delinquent behavior at home and school, he/she may be an excellent candidate for Juvenile Drug Court.
How to make a referral?
Juveniles may be referred by a Defense Attorney, Prosecutor, Law Enforcement Representative, or Probation Officer.
“When I entered Drug Court I hated it. People were hasslin’ me, I had to do all this stuff that made no sense, and it just made me angry. People kept telling me I was screwing up my life and I had the choice to change, but that made no sense either. I felt like they had the problem, not me. There was no way I was an addict, as I knew addicts who were much more messed up than me. However, I had to admit that I was not very happy, and I hated how my parents and I just yelled at each other all the time. Working through drug court, I started getting sanctioned for bad behavior. I even spent some time in jail. During these times, I started to realize that I was tired of feeling so crappy; I did not want to spend any more time in jail. So I started to make changes, and it was kind of weird how things started happening pretty quickly when I made changes. My parents and I stopped yelling at each other. People started talking to me differently, and I felt kinda proud of all the stuff I was doing. I got a job and my license back, and even though it was tough not hanging out with my old friends, I realized that I needed to make different choices if I wanted to get paid and stay healthy. Now life is going okay, I still miss my friends, and sometimes I miss getting high or drunk, but I also love all that’s going on in my life. I’m headed to college next year and still kinda nervous about it, but I reckon if I can handle Ben and handle drug court, I can pretty much handle anything.” -Drug Court Graduate