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Howard Superior Court 1
Howard County Courthouse
104 North Buckeye St, Rm 216 
Kokomo, Indiana 46901

Phone: 765-456-2200
Fax: 765-456-2327

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Howard County Admin. Center
220 N Main St
Kokomo, IN 46901

Open Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm
webmaster@co.howard.in.us

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ADULT DRUG COURT PROGRAM

The Howard Superior Court 1 Adult Drug Court Program is committed to providing non-violent drug offenders access to intense treatment services in order to break the cycle of drug addiction and crime. The Howard County Drug Court Program was implemented in February 2007 as an alternative to traditional case processing of drug offenders.

The Adult Drug Court Program is a sentencing withheld program involving a Judge, Prosecutor, Public Defender, Drug Court Administrator/Coordinator, Probation Officer, and Treatment Providers. The Drug Court Program allows eligible participants to avoid criminal prosecution by:

  • agreeing to complete a substance abuse treatment program;
  • remaining alcohol and drug free; and
  • completing other program requirements as determined by the Drug Court Team and the Judge.

Participants must complete the Drug Court Program in its entirety and may not have any additional arrests during the course of the program in order to qualify to graduate. In order to enter the program, the participants must enter a guilty plea to the pending charges. If they graduate from the Drug Court Program, the pending charges will be dismissed. If they are terminated from the program, they are returned to court for sentencing.

Incarceration vs. Treatment

National statistics indicate that of the offenders who are traditionally incarcerated, 85% of drug abusers will re-offend within 1 year, and 95% relapse within 3 years.

Research shows that there is a direct correlation between length of treatment and success of treatment. Drug Court Participants are required to remain in the program for between one and three years before they will graduate. Because of the length of intensive treatment, national statistics lead us to anticipate that more than 75% of our Drug Court graduates will never re-offend.

Positive Attitudes Change Everything

 The Drug Court Program is HELPING CLIENTS STAY ON PACE BY:The Drug Court Program is HELPING THE COMMUNITY STAY ON PACE BY:
  • Building positive self-esteem.
  • Developing support systems.
  • Obtaining gainful employment.
  • Establishing a home.
  • Re-entering the community as contributing members of society by:
  • Achieving lifelong sobriety.



  • Lowering the jail and prison populations,
  • Reducing the tax dollars appropriated for incarceration.
  • Reducing the number of drug-addicted babies.
  • Decreasing the population reliant on government assistance.
  • Adding to the roll of of tax paying members of our community. 
IT IS ONLY BY PARTNERING WITH BUSINESSES AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS THAT THE GOALS OF THE COURT, OUR PARTICIPANTS, AND THE COMMUNITY ARE BEING REALIZED.


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