• (a) The general assembly recognizes that a critical need exists in this state for criminal justice system programs to reduce the incidence of drug use, drug addiction and crimes committed as a result of drug use and drug addiction. It is the intent of the general assembly by this chapter to create a program to facilitate the implementation of new and the continuation of existing drug court treatment programs.

  • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 16-22-102

    • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
    • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

    (b) The goals of the drug court treatment programs created under this chapter include the following:

    • (1) To reduce the use of jail and prison beds and other correctional services by nonviolent chemically dependent offenders by diverting them into rehabilitative programs;

    • (2) To reduce incidences of drug use and drug addiction among offenders;

    • (3) To reduce crimes committed as a result of drug use and addiction;

    • (4) To promote public safety through these reductions;

    • (5) To increase the personal, familial and societal accountability of offenders; and

    • (6) To promote effective interaction and the use of resources among local criminal justice agencies and community agencies.