2017 Mississippi Code
Title 9 - Courts
Chapter 23 - Drug Courts
§ 9-23-3. Legislative intent

Universal Citation: MS Code § 9-23-3 (2017)
  • (1) The Legislature of Mississippi recognizes the critical need for judicial intervention to reduce the incidence of alcohol and drug use, alcohol and drug addiction, and crimes committed as a result of alcohol and drug use and alcohol and drug addiction. It is the intent of the Legislature to facilitate local drug court alternative orders adaptable to chancery, circuit, county, youth, municipal and justice courts.
  • (2) The goals of the drug courts under this chapter include the following:
    • (a) To reduce alcoholism and other drug dependencies among adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and among respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both;
    • (b) To reduce criminal and delinquent recidivism and the incidence of child abuse and neglect;
    • (c) To reduce the alcohol-related and other drug-related court workload;
    • (d) To increase personal, familial and societal accountability of adult and juvenile offenders and defendants and respondents in juvenile petitions for abuse, neglect or both;
    • (e) To promote effective interaction and use of resources among criminal and juvenile justice personnel, child protective services personnel and community agencies; and
    • (f) To use corrections resources more effectively by redirecting prison-bound offenders whose criminal conduct is driven in part by drug and alcohol dependence to intensive supervision and clinical treatment available in the drug court.
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