Southern Regional Community Corrections
Serving Southern West Virginia
In Community Restorative Justice


108 South Walker Street, Princeton, WV 24740 • Phone: 304-487-8485 • Fax: 304-487-6618

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Southern Regional CC - Drug Court

Southern Regional Drug Court
Mercer County

Our Mission

The mission of the Drug Court Program is to protect and improve the community by reducing repeat, criminal activities related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. This is accomplished by implementing an intensive treatment process for each participant in the program. This helps to reduce the cost of incarceration, as well as the jail census, frees up vital resources for the community, and returns productive citizens to the work force and community. Drug Court participants may have their charges reduced or dismissed entirely, and may avoid incarceration

Drug Court is supervised by a local judge and is made up of a team of various mental health and substance abuse treatment providers. The Drug Court program consists of three phases of treatment. Each phase has a different set of requirements which take approximately four months to complete. The entire program takes at least one year to finish. If the participant has been charged with a felony, or has difficulty completing the requirements, completion may require longer.


Participants in Drug Court are
required to complete the following:

  • Engage in SA counseling and treatment
  • Meet with the Drug Court Coordinator once a week
  • Attend Drug Court sessions at least once a week
  • Submit to urinalysis screenings
  • Refrain from using alcohol and drugs
  • Attend support group meetings
  • Submit to extensive supervision from Drug Court Staff, DRC and/or Probation Officers
  • Perform community service
  • Obtain a high school diploma or GED
  • Pay court costs
  • Pay a program fee
  • Meet all other requirements as determined by the Drug Court staff or the Drug Court Judge or Magistrate.


Participants in Drug Court are referred by a prosecuting attorney, judge, magistrate, defense attorney, or law enforcement officer. Drug Court does not take referrals from family members or the general public. Upon review of a referral, the prosecuting attorney and the Drug Court Judge or Drug Court Magistrate have discretion on who is admitted to the program.

In order to qualify, a participant must be an adult charged with a non-violent felony or misdemeanor offense and have a drug or alcohol dependency. Potential participants complete a substance abuse evaluation prior to admission.

If an offender has a prior felony conviction in which s/he used force against another person with intent to cause serious bodily harm or death, or if an offender is currently charged with a sexual offense, or an offense involving a child victim or the illegal use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, s/he is not eligible for Drug Court. If death or serious bodily injury occurred to any person during the offender's crime or if an offender used force against another person during the crime, s/he is not eligible for Drug Court.













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