“I believe in this program. It’s my life,” says Tim Dwyer. The General Sessions Criminal Court Division 8 judge
is speaking about the Shelby County Drug Court that he founded in 1997.
“It’s the largest in the state and has been a phenomenal success,” he says of the alternative program that targets non violent adult offenders with drug related criminal charges. Dwyer puts offenders in intensive outpatient programs and then reviews their progress. “It has stopped the revolving door of crime and drugs for many and cut recidivism in half.”
Additionally, the 60 people involved in it save the taxpayers $500,000, he says.
“My opponent has never attended a drug court. But for me, it’s the biggest thing in my life.”
The Shelby County drug court website adds, “The court is one of the first State Certified Treatment Courts in the State of Tennessee being certified since 2008. In 2003 the court was named a ‘Mentor Court’ by the National Drug Court Association. Of the more than 1,200 drug courts in the country, fewer than 100 courts have held that honor.”