Recovery Court


Judge Donald H. Allen in the Circuit Court DIV II implemented our Recovery Court in 2003. Since 2003 through funds and additional grants, we have been able to grow our program. In addition, we have been awarded a grant specifically for Family Centered Services that is used for specific assistance to individuals in our Recovery Court program.

Judge Kyle Atkins in the Circuit Court DIV III became a part of our Recovery Court program in early 2015 to assist defendants in his court with substance abuse issues.

Both Judges are committed to helping individuals in our community receive the treatment they need to improve their lives as well as our community.


The 26th Judicial District Recovery Court serves Chester, Henderson, and Madison counties.

Our mission is to break the cycle of substance abuse and criminal behavior by providing recovery court participants with the structure and resources to become productive, drug free members of the community.

Through drug and alcohol treatment, frequent drug screens, strict supervision and monitoring of non-violent offenders, we can improve our community by reducing the number of drug related offenses and jail overcrowding.

Qualifying Factors

  • Adult (18 or older)
  • Reside in Chester, Henderson, or Madison County
  • Substance Abuser
  • Charged or Convicted of a Felony, Misdemeanor, or Violation of Probation
  • Reliable Transportation Plan

Disqualifying Factors

  • Drug Trafficking
  • Weapons Convictions
  • Sex Offender
  • Violent Offender

Referral Process

The Judge, District Attorney, Public Defender, or a private defense attorney may refer a potential participant out of criminal court.

State Probation or Community Corrections Officers may refer offenders that they supervise.

In addition, potential participants may refer themselves.

Program Phases

Phase 1

During the first phase, all concentration is on treatment.

Phase 2-4

Help and support is given to obtain employment, services are offered through the community, weekly groups. We work on creating a sober living plan.

Phase 5

Work on relapse prevention skills and aftercare plan.

Links to additional resources

Recovery Court Brochure

  1. recovery court logo

    Carol Copley


  2. Natasha Sandefer

    Treatment Coordinator

  3. Recovery Court

    Physical Address
    318 S. Shannon Street
    Jackson, TN 38301

    Fax: 731-213-1896