Circuit Drug Court

Jeffrey S. Vernon , Director

Hinds County Circuit Drug Court
Hinds County Courthouse
407 East Pascagoula St.
Jackson, MS 39205
Phone:  601.714.6200
Fax:  601.714.6391

Office hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
(Except on legal holiday)

Map to our Office
 


Mission Statement

     The mission of the Hinds County Circuit Drug Court is to reduce crime and enhance public safety by providing a Judicially-monitored treatment regimen, and intensive supervision to substance abusing offenders, thereby providing a cost-effective alternative to incarceration and enhancing family and community values.


What are Drug Courts?

     Drug courts are special courts given the responsibility to handle cases involving substance-abusing offenders through comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services and Immediate sanctions and incentives.

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Goals:

  • Provide treatment as an alternative to incarceration
     
  • Encourage a support system with family involvement
     
  • Reduce criminal activities among drug a busing offenders
     
  • Reintegrate the offender back into society as a drug free law abiding tax paying citizen
     

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-violent felon offenders
     
  • Age 17 and older with medium to high level of alcohol or drug use
     
  • Must be eligible under Mississippi law to be placed in a non-adjudicated status or receive a suspended sentence; not included are the severely mentally Impaired
     
  • No persons are eligible who are charged with committing violent crimes, or those involving the sale, or possession with intent to sell or transfer controlled substances
     
  • Some property crimes will be eligible on a case-by-case basis if the offense relates to drug addiction
     

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Staff

Drug Court Judge

Honorable Winston Kidd
Phone: 601-968-6688

Program Director

Jeffrey S. Vernon
Phone: 601-714-6205
Fax: 601-714-6391
E-mail:  jvernon@co.hinds.ms.us

Probation Officer

Brian Thurmond
Phone: 601-714-6202
E-mail: bthurmond@co.hinds.ms.us