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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

Case Manager
Linda Bennett
Phone: 601.714.6204
E-mail:  lbennett@co.hinds.ms.us

Probation Officer
Brian Thurmond
Phone: 601.714.6202
E-mail: bthurmond@co.hinds.ms.us

Field Officer
Jeremy Hinton
Phone: 601.714.6202
E-mail: jhinton@co.hinds.ms.us