ABC Court

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City of Henderson Municipal Court
Judge Douglas W. Hedger
Department 2



It is the mission of the ABC Court, within the parameters of the law, to be creative and innovative to design and implement treatment and/or programs that will address the habitual misdemeanor offender in an attempt to terminate recidivism by addressing substance abuse issues, mental health treatment, and life skills training.

Guiding Principles

  • ABC Court combines alcohol and other drug treatment services with the justice system.
  • The prosecution and defense counsel work together to promote public safety while protecting participants' due process.
  • Eligible participants are identified early and may volunteer to participate in the ABC Court program.
  • Abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing.
  • ABC Court uses a team strategy to monitor participants' compliance.
  • Ongoing judicial interaction with each ABC Court participant is essential.
  • Program effectiveness is measured by ongoing monitoring and evaluation.
  • Continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective ABC Court planning, implementation, and operations.
  • Building partnerships among ABC Court, public agencies, and community-based organizations creates local support and improves ABC Court's program effectiveness.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 18 years or older
  • One to two-year commitment to the program
  • Habitual Offenders with multiple cases in Municipal Court
  • May have multiple felony convictions
  • May have unstable living environment
  • Must have a history of substance related charges
  • Unemployed or under employed
  • No arson or sex offenders

Community Partners

  • The Beacon of Hope Clean and Sober Living
  • Henderson Police Department
  • The City of Henderson Deputy City Attorney's Office
  • The City of Henderson Public Defender's Office
  • The City of Henderson Special Programs and Services Bureau
  • Community Treatment Providers and Community Organizations
  • Community Counseling Center
  • Hopelink
  • Henderson Chamber of Commerce

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