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Juvenile Drug Court

The mission of the Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) program is to rehabilitate youth with substance abuse issues, through treatment, support and supervision. 

JDC strives to strengthen family relationships, promote positive community ties, and inspire a commitment to education.

The program seeks to promote public safety, encourage positive youth development and provide a continuum of quality treatment services.

Led by the Honorable Marie Ward

Program Overview

The JDC program is a strength-based program that aims to reduce drug use among participants through an intensive outpatient treatment program coupled with frequent judicial oversight and intensive supervision. The program is self-paced and can be completed in a little as six and a half months.

The JDC Program operates under the guidance of the following Juvenile Drug Court 16 Key Strategies in Practice.

  1. Collaborative Planning
  2. Teamwork
  3. Clearly Defined Target Population and Eligibility Criteria
  4. Judicial Involvement and Supervision
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation
  6. Community Partnerships
  7. Comprehensive Treatment Planning
  8. Developmentally Appropriate Services
  9. Gender Appropriate Services
  10. Cultural Competence
  11. Focus on Strengths
  12. Family Engagement
  13. Educational Linkages
  14. Drug Testing
  15. Goal Oriented Incentives and Sanctions
  16. Confidentiality


John E. Brown Juvenile Justice Center
5100 Second St. NW
Albuquerque, NM  87107


Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone: 505-841-7456

Juvenile Drug Court Resources

Juvenile Drug Court FAQs

Juvenile Drug Court Calendar

Eligibility Checklist

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