In 1997, Fulton County's Felony Accountability Court opened to provide alcohol and drug treatment (AOD) to non-violent, drug-dependent felony defendants. They were provided the opportunity to receive AOD treatment for their addiction and to avoid jail time if they successfully complete an intensive outpatient alcohol and drug-treatment program. Drug Court clients must complete a 6 or 18 month treatment program. Clients report to the Hope Hall treatment facility four days a week. The morning clients report from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and the evening clients report from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Hope Hall is the facility used to provide treatment for Superior Court of Fulton County.
In 2006, a study of all Drug Court graduates revealed that only 31 percent had been convicted of a subsequent offense. In 2011 a four year recidivism report was complete for the years of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. This report yielded a recidivism rate of 14 per cent.
In 2007, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners allocated additional funds to increase the capacity of Drug Court clients served. In August of 2011, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners granted an opportunity for an expansion project. Accountability Court was to admit 150 clients from Fulton County Jail in a two months time span in exchange for additional staff. Accountability Court rose to that challenge, 150 clients were admitted. The Board of Commissioner allocated funding for additional staff. Accountability Court is currently supervising nearly 400 participants.