Utah Drug Courts


Background

The establishment of drug courts in the State of Utah is part of an ongoing effort to combat the rising number of drug related crimes within our communities. Estimates have indicated that in recent years, arrests for drug related crimes have more than doubled. Additionally, judges have observed that the same offenders appear in their courts time and time again. It seemed as if traditional methods of dealing with addicts such as strict probation or mandatory imprisonment did not attack the fundamental problem of addiction.

Drug courts work by recognizing that unless substance abuse ends, fines and jail time are unlikely to prevent future criminal activity. Consequently, drug courts, through frequent testing and court supervision, focus upon eliminating drug addiction as a long-term solution to crime.

Since the first drug court in Utah was established in Third District Court (Salt Lake) in 1996, the program has spread quickly. There are an estimated 700-800 participants statewide and hundreds of successful graduates.


List of Utah Drug Courts 2001

Although a number of drug courts exist within the State of Utah, all programs have incorporated a set of ten components created by the United States Department of Justice. These guidelines establish structural components across drug courts while each jurisdiction independently handles matters such as treatment providers and participatory restrictions.

District

Location

Type

Established

First Cache County Combined Adult and Juvenile Drug Court 2000
Second Weber County Adult Felony Drug Court 2000
  Weber & Davis Counties Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency Court N/A
  Davis County Adult Felony Drug Court 1998
Third Salt Lake City Adult Felony Drug Court 1995
  Salt Lake City Adult Misdemeanor Drug Court 1999
  Taylorsville Misdemeanor Substance Abuse within Justice Court 1999
  Tooele Juvenile Delinquency Drug Court 1999
  Salt Lake County Misdemeanor Adult Drug Court within Justice Court 2000
  Salt Lake Juvenile Drug Court 1996
  Salt Lake Juvenile Dependency Drug Court 1999
Fourth Provo Adult Felony Drug Court 1999
  Provo Juvenile Dependency Drug Court 1998
  Wasatch County Adult Felony Drug Court 2000
Fifth St. George Adult Felony Drug Court 2000
Sixth Sanpete County Adult Drug Court 2002
  Sevier County Adult Drug Court 2002
Seventh Emery County Adult/Juvenile/Dependency DrugCourt 2000
  Grand County Adult Felony Drug Court 2006
Eighth Uintah County Adult Felony Drug Court 1997

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