Drug Treatment Courts
Office of State Drug and DUI Court Liaison
State Court Administrators Office
Drug treatment courts are specialized dockets designed to target criminal defendants and offenders who have alcohol or other drug dependency problems.
The first Drug Court was established in South Dakota in 2007. It started as a small court of 6 participants in the Northern Hills of South Dakota.
The program expanded to include Rapid City and now has to a capacity of 60. The first DUI Court was established in Hughes and Stanley County in
2009 as a means to address addicted offenders with felony driving under the influence convictions. Soon after, in 2010, Sioux Falls Drug Court
began operation. In 2015, there will be 12 specialty Courts in South Dakota, including 5 DUI and 7 Drug Courts. As a result of the success of
the early specialty courts, the Courts and the community of Watertown established the State’s first Veteran’s Treatment Court in 2013. A second
Veterans Court is slated to begin operation in 2016 in Sioux Falls. (See map for all locations and contact information)
All South Dakota Drug and DUI Treatment Courts are post-plea and designed to help those battling with addiction and their related criminal offense.
The Drug Court model recognizes that changing addictive behavior requires constant vigilance, motivation, reinforcement and treatment to prevent
relapse and promote change. All programs operate with a team of agencies working together for service integration and collective treatment planning
within individual communities.
Goals of the Drug Court:
- Reduce substance abuse and recidivism among targeted offenders
- Increase public safety by integrating the criminal justice system with treatment systems and community resources
- Reduce reliance upon incarceration as a means of dealing with substance abuse issues
- Increase the number of offenders able to work, parent, and participate in the community
Traditional Court vs. Drug Court
- Limited court interaction v. extensive court appearances before judge
- Standard probation for extended period v. intensive probation until graduation
- Punishment v. incentives and sanctions
- Limited required treatment v. structured, supervised evidence-based treatment
- One court service officer for supervision v. team of diverse individuals for management
- Periodic drug tests v. Many random drugs tests for entire program
- Standard rules of probation v. standard rules and many special conditions
- Preventing crime v. preventing crime and managing the disease of addiction
Click on the Map to see if there is a Drug or DUI Court in your location and for further contact information.
Statewide Drug and DUI Court Liaison
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre SD 57501