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Accountability Court programs save taxpayer dollars by lowering criminal justice system costs by reducing incarceration rates and cutting crime.  These programs save as much as $27 for every $1 invested when considering only direct and measurable offsets such as reduced re-arrests, law enforcement contacts, court hearings, use of jail, reduced foster care placement and health care utilization.  The programs not only address addiction and mental health needs, but encourage educational growth, mandate employment and child support compliance, and work to reintegrate those who would otherwise be lost in the criminal justice system. 

 

Drug Court

Judge: Joseph Wyant
Coordinator: Jennifer Barnett 770-683-0205
51 A Perry Street, Newnan, GA 30263

Application
The mission of the Coweta County Drug Court Program is to reduce crime in Coweta County through a judicially supervised, structured community intervention which holds offenders accountable for their behaviors.

 
The Coweta Circuit Drug Court provides offenders with the tools to strengthen their families, improve their health, and become productive, tax-paying citizens.

The Coweta County Drug Court is an alternative sentencing rehabilitation program for those struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues.  The program seeks to help participants gain stable and successful lives by maintaining sobriety, receiving therapeutic, educational, and vocational opportunities, as well as providing many crucial resources. It is a long term outpatient program satisfying Superior Court sentences related to the addiction.


DUI Court

Judge Seay Van Patten Poulakos
Coordinator Leslie Grabensteder
51 A Perry Street, Newnan, GA 30263

Application

The Coweta County DUI Court is an “Accountability Court” for multiple DUI offenders under the jurisdiction of the Coweta County State Court. The Honorable Seay Van Patten Poulakos presides over the Court and has gathered a team of court personnel, treatment personnel and law enforcement personnel to assist participants in their endeavor in become sober, productive citizens of Coweta County. 

This program is completely voluntary and to qualify for the program the candidate must meet certain criteria set by the DUI court team and the State of Georgia. Anyone with two DUI's in a two year period, three DUI's in a five year period or four or greater DUls in a lifetime may apply for the program, the candidate must reside in Coweta County and the criminal history will be reviewed for acceptance as 
well. After sentencing, the court mandates substance abuse treatment, mandatory self-help groups, random drug tests, biweekly court appearances and more, as a condition of probation.

The treatment portion of DUI Court lasts a minimum of fourteen months and includes a treatment program tailored to the individual needs of the participants. The participant pays treatment fees. 

If the participant fails to meet any requirement of the DUI Court Program, the presiding DUI Court judge will issue immediate sanctions. The sanctions may include additional community service, jail time or both. If the participant has multiple infractions, they may face being terminated from the DUI Court Program and may have his probation revoked. 

The DUI Court is a collaborative effort of the Court and Coweta County government. It works with direct coordinated support from the Solicitor’s Office, Coweta County State Court Probation and RBM,INC. DUI Court participants will be directly instructed in the proper steps to obtain a State of Georgia Limited Permit from the Georgia Department of Drivers Services and when eligible a valid Georgia Driver’s License.


Veterans Court

Judge Joseph Wyant
Coordinator Jennifer Barnett 770-683-0205
51 A Perry Street, Newnan, GA 30263

Application 

The Coweta Veterans Treatment Court is an alternative sentencing rehabilitation program for veterans struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues.  The program seeks to help participants gain stable and successful lives by maintaining sobriety, receiving therapeutic, educational, and vocational opportunities, as well as providing many crucial resources. It is a long term outpatient program satisfying either State or Superior Court sentences.

The Veterans Court program represents a collaborative effort of criminal justice and treatment stakeholders working together to break the cycle of substance abuse, mental health issues, and incarceration among our Veterans population. It provides individuals the structure they need to become alcohol and drug free and maintain stability in their mental health.

 Coweta County Veterans Treatment Court utilizes evidence-based approaches in its delivery of services and works in collaboration with community providers for substance dependency treatment, mental health treatment, and ancillary services. By providing coordinated substance dependency and mental health interventions with judicial oversight, the likelihood of re-arrest for any offense decreases, resulting in a safer community


Family Treatment Court

Judge Joseph Wyant
Coordinator Marlowe Dix 770-683-0205
51A Perry Street, Newnan, GA 30263

Application

The Family Treatment Court of the Coweta County Juvenile Court develops and sustains a collaborative approach to promote healthy, stable, permanent, drug-free and safe families for children whose parents have substance abuse issues.

The Coweta County Juvenile Court has established the Family Treatment Court (FTC) as an alternative to the adversarial approach traditionally used in dependency cases. The intervention model used by the Family Treatment Court consists of interrelated components that, when combined, have resulted in the preservation or reunification of families and enhanced permanency in the lives of children, while effectively addressing the underlying chemical dependence of parents.

The Family Treatment Court is based on a team approach to working with dependency cases. The Judge of the Coweta County Juvenile Court is the leader of the team. Other core team members include the FTC Coordinator, the FTC Case Manager, the Coweta County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and its legal counsel — Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG); Attorney; FTC Guardian Ad Litem (GAL); treatment providers;  and CASA. The team works together to provide a highly structured and coordinated approach to treating the parent’s disease of substance abuse and addressing the resulting parenting deficits, while simultaneously holding parents accountable for their choices and behavior.

The Family Treatment Court creates an environment with clear rules. Each parent’s performance under those rules is communicated to the Judge who, in turn, provides incentives to promote progress or applies sanctions to reduce noncompliance. The child(ren)’s situation is also monitored to ensure safety. The Family Treatment Court establishes an environment the parent understands; a system in which clear choices are presented and in which parents are encouraged to take control of their own recovery for the benefit of themselves and their children.