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The West Virginia court system continues to add problem-solving courts throughout the state and to celebrate graduates who complete such specialty court programs.

The goal of problem-solving courts is to help participants overcome addictions and mental illnesses that may have led them to commit crimes, thus improving the quality of life for them and their families. Turning people who might have become repeat offenders into productive citizens also improves public safety. The programs can be more productive, cost-effective, and humane than incarceration for those who have committed non-violent crimes and are a low to moderate risk to be released into the community.

People who are registered as sex offenders or who have a prior conviction for a felony crime of violence are not eligible for treatment court programs. Prosecutors and judges choose which offenders may participate.

There are several types of problem-solving courts in West Virginia, including adult drug courts, juvenile drug courts, and family treatment courts. The Supreme Court Administrative Office continues to try to obtain funds to further expand these programs across West Virginia.