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Anchorage Wellness Court

State and Municipal Misdemeanors

What is the Anchorage Wellness Court for Misdemeanor Offenders?

The Anchorage Wellness Court helps misdemeanor defendants who want to overcome serious problems with (or addiction to) alcohol and who want to achieve lifetime sobriety. The Wellness Court is a jail diversion program, offering intensive substance abuse treatment and community supervision to support the participant’s abstinence and recovery. Entry into the program is not automatic. Each request to participate is reviewed on a case by case basis and only a limited number of slots are available at any time.

What are the benefits

The principal benefits of completing the Wellness Court program are achieving sobriety, reducing fines and avoiding incarceration. Graduates receive a reduced sentence minimizing jail time and fines on their current case.

Who is eligible

A defendant is eligible to be considered for the Wellness Felony Drug Court if the defendant is:

It is important to remember that there are only a limited number of openings. The Municipal Prosecutor provides the initial approval of candidates and the Wellness Court team approves each participant for participation after their initial assessment.

How does the Anchorage Wellness Court work

The Wellness Court is an 18-month program that requires commitment, strength, honesty, and persistence. Once a defendant has successfully opted-in to the court program the defendant is required to:

How do defendants get referred into the program

Please keep in mind that admission into the Wellness Court is not automatic. The process for application to the program is as follows:

Contact/Court Information

For program information, contact the Anchorage Wellness Project Manager at (907) 264-0892 or by e-mail at jjurvig@akcourts.us.

The Anchorage Wellness Misdemeanor Court generally meets on Fridays at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 601, Nesbett Courthouse, 825 W. 4th Ave. Judges William F. Morse and Alex Swiderski preside. The public is invited to attend. If you are interested in observing court, please call to confirm that court in being held on its regularly scheduled day. The number to call is (907) 264-0892.


Rev. 29 September 2011
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