Arlington’s Drug Court Program enhances public safety by providing a cost-effective, integrated system of treatment and judicial supervision. The program requires participant accountability with the goal of reducing recidivism and its effects on the community.
Who May Participate
The Drug Court Program admits probationers who have violated the terms and conditions of probation due to a substance abuse issue. There are many conditions that must be met by probationers who enter the program, and all admissions must be voluntary. The Commonwealth’s Attorney must approve the referral in order for probationers to participate.
The drug court docket is open to the public, and the drug court team encourages family members, community members, and members of the public are encouraged to observe the drug court program in its operations.
Drug Court Team
- Louise M. DiMatteo, Judge, Arlington County Circuit Court
- Dana J. Mertz, Drug Court Administrator, Arlington County Circuit Court
- Evie Eastman, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
- Allison Carpenter, Senior Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender for Arlington County & the City of Falls Church
- Emily Lehman,Treatment Clinician, Arlington County Department of Human Services
- Lanier Meeks Yi, Treatment Clinician, Arlington County Department of Human Services
- John Skoczdopole, Deputy Sheriff Corporal, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office