What are Specialty Courts?
Specialty Courts are problem-solving court strategies designed to address the root causes of criminal activity by coordinating the efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense, probation, law enforcement, treatment, mental health, and social services. Together, they maintain a critical balance of authority, supervision, support, and encouragement for the offender. Specialty Court programs are rigorous, requiring frequent drug testing and court appearances, along with tightly structured regiments of treatment and recovery services. These courts are based on researched models that show a proven reduction in recidivism.