The New Jersey Superior Court Drug Court Program was designed to address drug and alcohol addicted citizens who commit crimes to feed their addictions. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office assigns an Assistant Prosecutor to the Superior Court’s Drug Court to work in a collaborative effort with the court, defense lawyers, the probation department, substance abuse evaluators, and addiction treatment providers to address drug addicted defendants.
Defendants who are found legally and clinically eligible to participate in Drug Court are sentenced to an intensive probationary period, with mandatory addiction treatment programs. Working within the drug court team, the Assistant Prosecutor considers the needs of the drug addicted defendant, but balances those needs against the effects to crime victims, and any potential risk to the community. The assigned Assistant Prosecutor will advocate against program enrollment to any defendant who poses a significant risk of harm to the community.