Honorable Jim Wilbanks
Drug Court Coordinator
P.O. Box 6127
Ph: (706) 281-4811
Fx: (706) 226-5731
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The program began in February 2002 and provides the opportunity for drug treatment under the supervision of the Conasauga Circuit Superior Court.
The purpose of our program is to reduce repeat drug-related offenses by creating the opportunity for recovery from chemical addiction. We seek to quickly identify eligible and suitable candidates through a post-arrest screening process.
Screening & Admission
Candidates enter a guilty plea to the current charges and receive a probation sentence, part of which is served in attending and successfully completing the program. Participants, who are eligible for first-offender status and successfully complete the probated sentence, will not have a felony conviction on their record. This program is a unique opportunity and privilege in the judicial process. It may very well be the most important decision you make in order to restore your life. You can avoid the major problems that are the result of criminal behavior and chemical dependence.
The program will challenge you in terms of accountability and commitment to a recovery process that only you can begin. A team, that includes Judge Jack Partain and representatives from the district attorney’s office
, public defender
and defense bar, local law enforcement agencies, state probation office, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Team, and the program coordinator, conducts the program. Members evaluate eligible candidates for admission, as well as monitor participant progress and challenges throughout treatment.
The Conasauga Drug Court Program includes:
- Two years of outpatient drug treatment
- Daily, random drug testing
- Regular and unscheduled meetings with your probation officer
- Verifiable participation in 12-Step (AA or NA) meetings
- Recurring court appearances before Judge Partain
- Incentives and sanctions related to progress and non-compliance
- Community supervision by probation and local law enforcement officers
- Referral to needed community services
- Progress toward family, employment, and educational goals
- Financial investment in your treatment
- An opportunity to make choices that improve self-care and self-confidence, promote family unity, reveal rewarding career choices, and enhance social and communications skills
- Return to a crime-free, drug-free lifestyle