The Baldwin County Veterans Court program was developed to help participating veterans achieve total abstinence from drugs and/or alcohol, be diverted from prison/jail and to have a more productive, healthy, law-abiding life. The Veterans Court is designed to reduce re-arrests, promote self-sufficiency through employment and education and to assist participants with remaining in the community as a productive and responsible member of society. Entry into the Veterans Court program is voluntary. Parties must want to participate in this program. The judge, court staff, case workers, treatment counselors and other team members will guide and assist participants; but the final responsibility is that of the individual participant. A participant must be motivated to make these changes and commit to a totally drug free life.

The program involves working jointly with the court, community supervision, treatment, Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Benefit Administration, Veterans employment representatives, veterans’ service organizations, case workers and other key team members who are all dedicated to the participants recovery for a minimum of one year.  Participants will not be sent to prison or back to jail if they comply with the conditions of the program and graduate.  Our team will work with participants towards a successful completion of the program, but the choice and effort to become drug and alcohol free and not commit new crimes comes from the individual participants.

It is important that participants understand the long-term commitment involved in this program. A participant will become involved with community support group meetings, attend substance abuse treatment, participate in mental health treatment, if indicated, be subject to strict community supervision, submit to random drug testing and make regular appearances in court.

Disclaimer: Please contact a Veterans Court team member for official information related to the information above.