West Virginia Judiciary

Juvenile Drug Court Target Population

 

Juvenile Drug Court Target Population

The target population is juveniles ten to seventeen years old (although youth under juvenile jurisdiction for delinquency offenses are eligible until the age of twenty-one) who are non-violent misdemeanor, felony, or drug/alcohol-related offenders with no previous adjudications for a sex offense. A non-violent offense is defined as an act that does not involve the use of a weapon or firearm, or an act that does not result in serious bodily injury to the victim necessitating medical treatment that may include, but is not limited to, an act of assault or battery. A participating juvenile must have a clinical determination of substance abuse, or be a high risk of abuse or dependence, and be an appropriate candidate for outpatient treatment services.

Candidates for drug court are selected based on