Successful completion of the stringent alternative courts programs has been shown to correlate to an offenders ability to be rehabilitated and to successfully assimilate back into the community.
The St. Charles County alternative courts programs aim to address the underlying problems of substance abuse and mental illness, which contribute to criminal behavior. The programs offer offenders an opportunity to participate in long-term community-based treatment often as an alternative to incarceration.
courts engage in in-depth assessments, individualized treatment plans,
and persistent judicial monitoring with goal of achieving rehabilitation
for the offender and safety for the community. It is a collaborative
initiative supported by prosecution, defense, the judiciary, the
probation system, case workers and professional treatment providers.
Appropriate offenders go through a screening process to ensure that
they meet specified criteria designed to gauge whether an alternative
courts program is appropriate and likely to be effective. Compliance
with the alternative courts program is rigorous and demanding and is
overseen by a judge with specialized training and experience with
offenders who are dealing with underlying substance abuse and mental