Program Description

DeKalb County Accountability Courts

The DeKalb County Accountability Courts (DCAC) consists of a trio of judicially supervised court treatment programs, which include the DeKalb County Drug Court (DCDC), the DeKalb County Felony Mental Health Court (DCFMHC), and the DeKalb County Veterans Treatment Court (DCVTC). The three accountability courts are alternative sentencing programs designed for felony-level offenders whose criminal and addictive behavior has led them into the criminal justice system. Like most Accountability Court programs, DeKalb County Superior Court offers intensive, cognitive behavior, evidence-based treatment programs to those offenders who have disproportionately impacted DeKalb County. DeKalb’s model is well known and respected both around the State and the Country.

The DCAC specifically targets moderate-risk/ moderate to high-needs and high-risk (recidivism) and high-needs (service needs) participants. This special population would not otherwise benefit from conventional community-based treatment, which does not address criminogenic risk factors that are linked to recidivism. The primary goals of the DeKalb County Accountability Courts are to reduce recidivism and incarceration rates in DeKalb County by providing high quality cognitive, evidence-based treatment services while developing law-abiding, tax-paying citizens. The citizens are accountable to themselves and the DeKalb County community.

The DCAC has the full support of the Superior Court Bench. Presently, three Judges preside over the Drug Court — the Honorable Tangela M. Barrie, LaTisha Dear Jackson, and Courtney L. Johnson. The Honorable Chief Judge Asha F. Jackson and Shondeana C. Morris preside of the Felony Mental Health Court. The Honorable Mark Anthony Scott presides over the Veterans Treatment Court.

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