The mission of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County Juvenile Drug Court is to reduce substance abuse and delinquent behavior, strengthen family and community ties, improve educational opportunities and enhance the quality of life for juvenile offenders and their families. This will be accomplished by providing a system of strength-based community services that will result in increased public safety and the acquisition of additional life skills that are instrumental to the juveniles' personal growth.
The Juvenile Drug Court was inaugurated in May 2004 as a post plea/post adjudication program. The program is a five phase program in which participants are required to attend substance abuse counseling, submit to random drug screens, attend school or obtain a general equivalency diploma (GED), obtain employment (dependent on age) and comply with court ordered curfew as well as other conditions issued by the court. Services are individualized with substance abuse treatment as the key component. Other forms of therapeutic intervention are provided for a participant's well-being to include mental health, family, grief, anger management and/or behavioral services.