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Juneau Therapeutic Court

What is the Juneau Therapeutic Court?

The Juneau Therapeutic Court (JTC) is a jail diversion program for those charged with felony alcohol and/or drug related offenses. The program offers substance abuse treatment and community supervision to support abstinence and recovery. Entry into the program is not automatic. Each request to participate in JTC is reviewed on a case by case basis.

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What are the benefits?

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

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Who is eligible?

A defendant is eligible to participate in the JTC if the defendant is:

  • Charged with a felony alcohol or drug related charge; and
  • Assessed by the treatment provider for placement at intensive or level I outpatient chemical dependency services

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How does the Juneau Therapeutic Court work?

The JTC is an 18-month program that requires commitment, strength, honesty, and persistence. Once a defendant has signed a Rule 11 agreement, they are required to:

  • Enter outpatient substance abuse treatment
  • If required, be administered a medication that will assist with cravings
  • Attend Alcoholics Anonymous or other recovery meetings
  • Appear as scheduled before the JTC judge for compliance hearings
  • Work, education or other approved productive activity for a minimum of 16 hours per week
  • Undergo regular alcohol/ drug testing
  • Maintain sobriety
  • Attend MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy)

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How do defendants get referred into the program?

Admission into the JTC Treatment Program is not automatic. The process for application to the program is as follows:

  • The defendant indicates interest in JTC by contacting his/her defense attorney or informing the judge at their arraignment.
  • The defendant is scheduled to observe JTC.
  • If interested in pursuing JTC, the defendant fills out an application and signs an initial opt-in.
  • The defendant completes a substance abuse assessment to determine appropriate level of care.
  • The ASAP PO/CM conducts a LSI-R (Level of Service Inventory-Revised) to determine level of supervision and other needs.
  • The JTC team meets and discuss the admission.
  • If the defendant is eligible and no one has concerns about public safety, a Rule 11 agreement is devised.
  • The defendant accepts the offer.
  • The judge approves the Rule 11 agreement and the JTC treatment plan.

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Contact Information:

For program information, contact the Project Coordinator at 907 463-4756 or by e-mail at sabernathy@akcourts.us

JTC meets every other Thursday afternoon at 3:30 pm on the first floor of the Dimond Courthouse. Judge Thomas Nave presides. 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 907 463-4756.

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