2017 Mississippi Code
Title 9 - Courts
Chapter 23 - Drug Courts
§ 9-23-5. Definitions

Universal Citation: MS Code § 9-23-5 (2017)
  • For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
    • (a) "Chemical" tests means the analysis of an individual's: (i) blood, (ii) breath, (iii) hair, (iv) sweat, (v) saliva, (vi) urine, or (vii) other bodily substance to determine the presence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
    • (b) "Crime of violence" means an offense listed in Section 97-3-2.
    • (c) "Drug court" means an immediate and highly structured intervention process for substance abuse treatment of eligible defendants or juveniles that:
      • (i) Brings together substance abuse professionals, local social programs and intensive judicial monitoring; and
      • (ii) Follows the key components of drug courts published by the Drug Court Program Office of the United States Department of Justice.
    • (d) "Evidence-based practices" means supervision policies, procedures and practices that scientific research demonstrates reduce recidivism.
    • (e) "Risk and needs assessment" means the use of an actuarial assessment tool validated on a Mississippi corrections population to determine a person's risk to reoffend and the characteristics that, if addressed, reduce the risk to reoffend.
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