West Virginia Judiciary

Kanawha County Drug Court

Kanawha county drug court

Kanawha County Day Report Center
900 Christopher Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 304-357-0950

Fax: 304-357-0726

Email: donsearls@kanawhasheriff.us


About the Drug Court

In the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, the Kanawha County Drug Court opened on May 13, 2009, becoming the fourth drug court to open that year. Kanawha County was the eighth county in West Virginia to start a drug court.

The Kanawha County Drug Court is a hybrid DUI/drug court and handles pre-adjudication, post-conviction, probation violation, and DUI cases.

The mission of the Kanawha County Drug Court is to enhance public safety while reducing crime and drug-related convictions. The mission is to be accomplished through judicially supervised substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation, and intense monitoring with the goal of returning drug-free, law abiding, and productive citizens to the community.

court personnel involved

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey presides over the Kanawha County Drug Court. She has a bachelor’s degree from Hollins College and also completed classes at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and I’institut d’etudes politique de Paris. She has a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law. She practiced law in Charleston from 1980 to 1993 and worked for the West Virginia House of Delegates during legislative sessions for eleven years. In 1993 she became the first full-time lawyer for the West Virginia Senate. She was appointed to the bench on May 1, 2002, elected to a four-year term in 2004, and elected to an eight-year term in 2008. She served as Chief Judge in Kanawha County in 2008. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. She is the recipient of the 2002 Outstanding Public Servant Award by the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. She serves on the committees for Dropout Prevention Summit Planning Group, Project INTER-CEPT (Interventions Needed To End Recidivism – Critical Entry Point Team), and Division of Juvenile Services Director’s Advisory Council.

Brent "J.R." Stover, Jr., has been the drug court coordinator/probation for the Kanawha County Drug Court since April 2013. He has a 1999 master’s degree in psychology from Marshall University Graduate College and a 1994 bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from West Liberty State University. He is a West Virginia Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a West Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor. He previously worked as a substance abuse counselor in residential substance abuse treatment at the Olympic Center Preston and as a mental health/substance abuse counselor and social worker at Charleston Area Medical Center.