The objective of Hennepin County Drug Court is to reduce criminal recidivism among chemically dependent participants that are at high risk to re-offend, reduce illegal drug usage and improve community function in the areas of employment, education and housing. To be eligible, participants must reside in Hennepin County, complete a screening process and agree to intensive supervision.
The 12 month program used to facilitate short and long term behavioral change is measured by a point system using three phases. Requirements include at least 120 continuous, sober/clean days; complete treatment and aftercare, attend 50 12-step meetings; have a12-step sponsor; complete community service work; have no pending criminal charges; pay all program fees; and have full time work or school.
A national study conducted by the Urban Institute, a non-partisan economic and social policy research organization in Washington, D.C., concludes that 84 percent of drug court participants did not have any criminal activity within one year of graduation.