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Accountability Courts - Felony Adult Drug Court

The Fulton County Felony Adult Drug Court is a non-traditional program for felony offenders addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. It is an accountability alternative to the typical adversarial approach employed with offenders and involves the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender, Probation and treatment and community groups working together for the benefit of the offenders and the community at large. Offenders participating in Drug Court have the charges that brought them into the program dismissed upon graduation from the program or they are placed on probation and may avoid jail time through successful completion of the program.

To successfully graduate from the Drug Court, offenders are required to adhere to a rigorous set of rules governing their behavior for a minimum of 18 months. During this time, offenders are required to actively participate in an intensive out-patient rehabilitation program operated by the Drug Court staff or to participate in some other court-approved treatment program. They are also required to appear regularly before a Judge to review their progress and to provide urine samples for random drug screening which is performed in their on-site drug testing laboratory.

To graduate from the program, defendants must refrain from using drugs and/or alcohol for a minimum of six months, be employed or enrolled in school full-time, pay a program participation fine of $750 and successfully complete all requirements of the program.

Client Profile and Services

  • Dually-diagnosed individuals are served by this program and they comprise more than 18 percent of clients. These are individuals who have some type of cognitive or emotional disorder and are typically thought of as being mentally unstable. They often are barred from Drug Court participation in other jurisdictions.
  • Clients receive cognitive rehabilitation services through Moral Recognition Therapy, (MRT), and a nationally-recognized program that focuses on changing the manner in which participant’s process information so they will make better choices to enable them to become productive, tax-paying citizens. The Matrix Model, an evidenced based treatment modality, is utilized as well.
  • Ancillary services include job skills training, G.E.D. preparation, anger management, culinary classes, HIV/AIDS testing and education, stress management, budgeting and consumer services, job readiness and referral sources; AA/NA participation and groups led by alumni of the program.

Accountability Courts
Superior Court of Fulton County
Accountability Court / Hope Hall
1135-A Jefferson Street, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Office Number: 404-612-2400