This specialty court was established to address the needs of justice-involved individuals who would benefit from the drug court model but either could not obtain services to meet their needs (e.g. co-occurring disorders) or were disqualified due to legal constraints (e.g. were required to be incarcerated and were not immediately probation-eligible). Participants begin the program while still incarcerated either at the Louisiana State Penitentiary or LCIW working with program, job and life skills mentors. Upon release, participants are assimilated into the community with intensive treatment, monitoring, drug testing, mentoring and case management over the course of a five year period. Data is current as of December 31, 2017 and will be updated yearly.
- 2012 to present
- Currently presided over by Judge Knight
- Current Census – 247 with 71 released from prison
- Drug free babies – 9
- Cost per client per year – $5,522.28; note that in 2017 the court was not required to pay for services rendered participants while incarcerated
- Recidivism rate – 1 year = 2.9%; 2 year = 12% as calculated for U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.