The Polk County Drug Court is a therapeutic court program in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. Since its inception in 1993, the Drug Court has provided treatment and intervention to adults and juveniles charged with nonviolent drug charges both pre and post adjudication.
The Drug Court Judge provides judicial oversight while the Drug Court division provides programmatic and operational management. This program aims to curtail the abuse of illicit substances, along with related criminal activity. Using the coercive power of the criminal justice system, the Drug Court aims to alter participants' drug abuse and criminal behaviors by focusing on sobriety and accountability as primary goals. The Drug Court accomplishes this mission through screenings, ongoing judicial supervision and treatment, incentives, sanctions and case management.
The cornerstone of the Polk County Drug Court Program is the Drug Court Laboratory. Established to provide faster, more accurate and lower cost screening services for the Court, the Drug Court Laboratory has grown quite successfully over the past decade. The Criminal, Family and Juvenile Courts refer cases to the Drug Court Lab, as does the Teen Court, Pretrial Services, Polk County Probation and the Polk County School Board. For more information on the Drug Court, contact Richard Rhodes at (863) 534-4503.