Accountability Courts

Georgia’s Accountability Courts offer interventions for individuals who have issues requiring treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health problems.

Accountability Courts reduce incarceration and recidivism rates, decrease the burden on taxpayers, restore families, save lives, and make our communities safer.

The cost of these intervention programs is far less than the cost of incarceration, and participants have a chance to rehabilitate themselves and become productive members of the community. Accountability Courts save the county money; however, their greatest value is that they help people change their lives for the better.

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Governor Nathan Deal speaks at a Troup County Felony Adult Drug Court graduation ceremony in LaGrange.


Troup County offers the following Accountability Court programs: Accountability Troup, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2012 to help support the Accountability Court programs in Troup County.

The Troup County Drug Screening Lab, located on the second floor of the Troup County Government Center, was established in 2011 to make drug screening more efficient for Accountability Courts. The lab also contracts with local businesses, offering local service, low rates, and same-day reporting on urinalysis testing for all common drugs of abuse. Drug screens follow chain of custody procedures for sample collection and handling, and same-day results can be emailed or faxed to the requesting party. For more information about the Troup County Drug Screening Lab, call 706-298-3790.


Felony Adult Drug Court

Phone: 706-298-3752
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Email: hdaniel@troupco.org

Interim Coordinator: Hill Daniel

The Felony Adult Drug Court program is designed to offer sentencing alternatives to offenders whose offenses are related to drug addiction. This program serves a limited number of defendants and therefore is very selective. No one with a current or previous sales, distribution, or intent charge will be considered. No one with a residential burglary charge, sex crime, or violent offense will be considered. Only persons with an addiction to drugs, which has led them to commit offenses, are eligible for the program, and they must be citizens of the United States.

The Felony Adult Drug Court program is an 18-month program (at minimum) based on education, treatment, and lifestyle changes. Some clients begin their treatment in a residential facility. Participants are required to attend several meetings weekly, including an intensive counseling program. In addition, participants are required to submit to drug tests at least twice per week, attend court twice per month before the Honorable Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer, and obtain employment and/or GED. Requirements are lessened as participants achieve clean time and demonstrate success in other areas. There is a monthly participant fee of $150.00.

Failure to comply with the rules of the program can result in jail time, community service, residential rehabilitation, or dismissal. Participants dismissed as unsuccessful will be sentenced or revoked. Participants must be willing to sign a contract stating that they are willing and committed to follow the program as it is designed.

Felony Adult Drug Courts are six times more likely to keep offenders enrolled and actively participating in treatment compared to other traditional sentencing methods. Unless substance abusing/addicted offenders are regularly supervised by a judge and held accountable, 70 percent drop out of treatment prematurely. Nationwide, 75 percent of Drug Court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program.

Applications are available in the Felony Adult Drug Court office in the Troup County Government Center, 100 Ridley Avenue, Suite 3400, LaGrange, GA, 30240.


D.U.I. / Drug Court

Phone: 706-298-3731
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Email: shicks@troupco.org

Coordinator: Sheryl Hicks

The mission of the Troup County DUI/Drug Court is to promote a safer community by identifying non-violent substance abuse offenders and helping them successfully complete a judicially-supervised treatment program.

Goals of the Troup County DUI/Drug Court program include:

  • Provide drug and alcohol counseling.
  • Monitor participants with random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Relieve overcrowding in jails, reduce medical costs for Troup County law enforcement agencies, and reduce recidivism (repeat offenses).
  • Collect fines and fees for the courts.
  • Assist participants with obtaining driver’s license, securing gainful employment, continuing education, and becoming productive members of society.
  • Give participants the tools they need to thrive in sobriety.

This year-long, post-adjudication program includes intervention, relapse prevention, and aftercare.

Participants cannot avoid punishment for DUIs and other crimes by participating in DUI/Drug Court; however, those who choose to participate in the program usually receive minimum jail sentences and fines so that they can begin to focus on their recovery as soon as possible.

As one of Georgia's Accountability Courts, Troup County DUI/Drug Court teaches participants accountability and responsibility. Participants appear before the Honorable State Court Judge Jeannette Little every other week for a progress hearing.

Drug and alcohol treatment, provided by local, specially trained counselors, is the cornerstone of recovery in DUI/Drug Court. Participants are responsible for the cost of their counseling sessions, which is $60.00 per week. All participants must also attend at least two self-help meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), each week.

Participants in the program will receive random drug and alcohol screens at Troup County's state-of-the-art drug lab, located at Troup County Government Center. Participants call a hotline every day to find out if they must report for a drug screen.

During the first 90 days of the program, participants wear a SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) ankle bracelet, which detects any alcohol use through a sensor on the skin. Curfews help participants avoid relapse situations. Curfews are extended as participants advance through the program: 10:00pm for Phase I; 11:00pm for Phase II, and midnight for Phase III. Troup County Sheriff's Deputies perform random home checks to ensure compliance with curfews.

Community service obligations must be completed and fines must be paid in order to advance through the program. There are several local options for completing community service work. Participants who do well often receive incentives, such vouchers for local restaurants or movie theater tickets. Those who do not meet program requirements may receive sanctions, such as jail time or writing assignments related to their recovery.

To make referrals or to apply for participation in DUI/Drug Court, contact coordinator Scott Smith at 706-298-3731.


Mental Health Court

Phone: 706-298-3613
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Email: thutchinson@troupco.org

Coordinator: Tiffany Hutchinson

The mission of the Troup County Adult Mental Health Court is to promote a safer community by identifying offenders who are suffering from mental illness and to help them successfully complete a judicially-supervised treatment program. The goal of Mental Health Court is to help the offenders address and treat their mental illness, which results in an improved quality of life for both the offenders and their families. Treatment also results in a reduction in crime, incarcerations, and hospitalizations.

Participants in Mental Health Court must reside in Troup County or surrounding areas in the state of Georgia; must be charged with a crime in Troup County, or be on probation in Troup County; must be diagnosed with a serious mental illness; and the criminal charges must be related to the participant’s mental illness. Participant eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Mental Health Court Team. Pursuant to OCGA 15-1-16 (b)(3), defendants charged with murder, armed robbery, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated child molestation, or child molestation will be excluded.

Mental Health Court is a 12-month program (at minimum) for misdemeanor cases and an 18-month program (at minimum) for felony cases. Progression through Mental Health Court is based on compliance with individual mental health treatment plans as well as general program compliance. Each participant is required to attend all scheduled mental health appointments, counseling sessions, group sessions, and take medications regularly as prescribed.

Incentives are given to those who adhere to the Mental Health Court program guidelines, while participants who do not adhere to program requirements are subject to sanctions. Additionally, Mental Health Court participants are required to submit to random drug screens at least two times per week. Participants are also required to attend monthly court sessions with the Honorable Superior Court Chief Judge A. Quillian Baldwin, Jr., to review progress in Mental Health Court. There is no cost to participate in the Mental Health Court program.

To make referrals or to apply for participation in Mental Health Court, contact Tiffany Hutchinson at 706-298-3613 or thutchinson@troupco.org.

Parental Accountability Court

Phone: 404-783-9029
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Email: Jamila.Gilchrist@dhs.ga.gov

Coordinator: Jamila Gilchrist

Parental Accountability Court is a Judge-ordered program that serves as an alternative to incarceration. It was designed to identify barriers that have prevented non-custodial parents from making monthly child support payments.

Participants in Parental Accountability Court must have an active child support case through the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) and must have an active contempt or pending arrest order. Participants must also pass a background check; violent crimes are not acceptable.

Participants are required to attend weekly meetings with the program coordinator, pay toward their child support at each weekly meeting, appear at monthly court status hearings before the Honorable Superior Court Judge John Simpson, and obtain a GED if applicable.

Benefits of Parental Accountability Court include: increased personal responsibility, no-cost GED classes, no incarceration (if the participant is compliant), and release of the participant’s driver’s license. Participants may graduate from the program after paying child support consistently for six to twelve months, maintaining employment, and meeting other obligations.

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