Traditionally, if the police arrest an individual for a drug offense, such as possession, that person would go before the court and receive a prison sentence if found guilty. Drug courts offer an alternative to incarceration and recognize that addiction requires healing, not punishment.
Benton County Drug Court started in November 2001. The program helps people in the criminal justice system find recovery from addiction. About 81% of Benton County drug court participants graduate from the program. Less than 20% of graduates are arrested within three years of completing the program.
P.E.A.R.L. assists Benton County Drug Court participants find a path to healing by providing much-needed services:
P.E.A.R.L. offers supportive services to Benton County Drug Court participants to help meet fundamental financial needs: