court is an intense, rehabilitative, probationary court
which mandates inpatient or intensive outpatient
treatment, frequent drug testing, court appearances,
unannounced home visits, 12-step program meetings,
employment and/or depending upon the individual’s
needs, attending General Education Development (GED)
Judge Patrick both preside over Drug Court team in Sharkey,
Issaquena, and Warren counties, consisting of attorneys (public
defenders and district attorney), treatment providers
(medical and psychological), and law enforcement which
includes the narcotics bureau and sheriff’s
department, and Drug Court staff.
review of background and social screening, and
interviews, it is a team decision as to who is accepted
into the program. The Drug Court staff along with the
combined efforts of the team members, monitors, reviews
and discusses the progress and needs of each
participant. The participant pleads guilty to a
non-violent, felony crime and is ordered to the Drug
Court Program for 2-5 years.
the participant is able to follow the rigorous program
and stays clean, their conviction is set aside and
expunged from the record. If the participant violates
the rules of the program, then he/she is faced with
serving the original sentence given at the time of
entering their plea at the state penitentiary.
more information regarding the establishment of Drug
Courts and review national statistics, go to the
National Drug Court Institute at www.ndci.org. For more information regarding Drug Courts in
Mississippi and the statute governing same, go to the
Mississippi Administrative Office of Court.
Aziz, Drug Court Coordinator to refer someone
to the Drug Court Program.