The Calgary Drug Treatment Court has been in operation since 2007, providing the only community alternative to incarceration for individuals whose crimes are driven by drug-addiction.
CDTC is an evidence-based program that integrates court intervention and treatment services to end drug-driven crime and assist participants to return to family, work and community.
We know that when individuals whose criminal involvement is driven by drug-addition are provided with the right type and intensity of services, they can change their lives, often in remarkable and transformative ways.
CDTC provides weekly court intervention, addiction treatment, connection to resources, and a range of programming to address drug addiction and change the patterns of thinking that perpetuate criminal and addictive behavior.
CDTC also works closely with community partners to meet the complex needs of our participants and reduce the many social, health, mental health, and economic barriers to sustaining a positive and productive lifestyle.
Early efforts to establish a Drug Treatment Court (DTC) in Calgary were spurred by a serious and growing problem of drug-driven crime in the downtown core. In 2002, Judge Bill Pepler of the Calgary Provincial Court led a steering committee with the goal of opening a DTC in Calgary. Soon thereafter, Judge James Ogle took on the development of the program and in May 2007 he opened the Court. Judge Ogle remained the mentoring Judge in the Calgary Drug Treatment Court for 12 years.
In 2019, Deputy Chief Judge Joanne Durant became the mentoring Judge in the Calgary Drug Treatment Court. DC Judge Durant is the Judicial lead supporting the establishment of 5 new DTC programs across Alberta.