21st Disctrict Recovery Court
Do you or a loved one continue to find yourselves in trouble with the law because of addiction-related issues?
Are you ready for that horrible cycle to come to an end for good?
21st District Recovery Court is an alternative sentencing program in the 21st Judicial District (Hickman, Lewis, Perry, and Williamson Counties, TN.) which affords non-violent offenders who suffer from addiction issues, a different opportunity. We offer an intensive two-year, court-supervised recovery program in lieu of and/or in addition to traditional sentences.
Participants are held to a high degree of accountability. Recovery Court is a very challenging program featuring frequent drug testing, intensive treatment, and strict supervision. The goal is to return to the community sober, clean participants who are productive, tax-paying citizens. Not everyone qualifies, but those who do must be prepared to work harder than they have in a long time.
65-70% of Drug Court graduates remain arrest-free!
If you wish to see yourself or a loved one finally on the path to recovery, please contact us to see about eligibility in our program.
From one of our graduates... Thank you for sharing your story!
After many run-ins with the law, I started taking drugs as well as drinking. Then I found myself in rehab for the second time. It took me six months for me to realize I was an addict while I was in Morgan County. I realized much later, I had an opportunity to change my life. After 13 months of hard, hard work, I joined the Williamson County Drug Court (21st District Recovery Court) and my life got better and better. I got a good job, new family, started a program to learn how to read and write. I finally got my driver's license back and I am paying off my fines.
I would not be where I am today if I didn't become an addict. This program saved my life. It gave me the tools for a better life.
21st District Recovery Court Graduate
Planning for the 21st District Recovery Court began in 2001 with the Hon. Timothy L. Easter and Hon. Donald P. Harris, (Circuit Court Judges) and Gayle Moyer Harris, the first Recovery Court Coordinator. We were approved as a 501 (C) (3) in April of 2002 and began accepting participants into our outpatient program in August of 2002. Our courts were seeing the same people over and over for violation of probation rules that stemmed from drug and alcohol abuse. Known as Drug Courts at that time, there were other Recovery Courts in the state and country that were operational and were making a difference in their communities.
In the last 16 years, over 300 people have actively participated in our program with at least 195 of those graduating. Our two year, out-patient program is not easy and about 50% of those who come into the program do not finish. However, approximately 60-70% of those who complete our program do not re-enter the criminal justice system. The desire of the Recovery Court is to help as many people as we can with the resources that we have. We also partner with other agencies to provide treatment for individuals who may not be eligible or appropriate for our program, but are seeking help. Our desire is to give back to our communities, clean and sober, tax paying citizens who become productive members of society.
Connie D. Martin
21st District Recovery Court Director