Vince Wilcox is a licensed Tennessee attorney with a Master of Science degree in Education/Guidance & Counseling and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Nashville School of Law. Prior to joining Drug Court, he was interim Assistant Public Defender for the 21st Judicial District. As Coordinator, he is responsible for managing and developing all facets of the drug court operations.
Tony Owens has a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. He is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor as well as a nationally certified Master Addiction Counselor and has worked in the field for 10 years. He is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing all aspects of treatment for 21st Drug Court through Educare Counseling Services which he owns and operates.
Xandy Bradshaw has an undergraduate degree in Education/Psychology from Barnard at Columbia University and an MBA from Rutgers. She is responsible for managing office logistics, providing administrative support for the coordinator, and facilitating grant application and compliance.
Brittany Hall holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Trevecca Nazarene University, has extensive experience working with incarcerated and addicted populations, and is completing her requirements to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor (LADAC). She is responsible for drug testing, women’s probation, and overall participant compliance.
President: Phil Newman; Vice President: Elaine Beeler; Treasurer: Bob Bolen; Secretary: Gayle Moyer Harris
Vanessa Pettigrew Bryan, Judge Timothy Easter, Julia Halford, Kim Helper, Kat McElroy, Alma McLemore, Connie Martin, Brent Peterson. Stacey Watson
Local law enforcement professionals attest that much of the crime in our community is drug and alcohol-related. Consequently, many convicted addicts regularly violate their probation or commit new offenses. Until their cycle of addiction is broken, it is difficult—if not impossible—for these offenders to become productive, law-abiding citizens.
21st Drug Court is an alternative sentencing program in the 21st Judicial District (Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson County, TN) which affords local non-violent offenders with addiction issues the opportunity to complete an intensive two-year, court-supervised recovery program in lieu of and/or in addition to traditional sentences.
The Drug Court model is unique in that it uses a non-adversarial, therapeutic approach to crimes rooted in addiction. The Drug Court team includes the circuit court judge, district attorney, public defender, law enforcement, probation staff and treatment professionals who work together to insure that its participants remain drug-free and pay their debt to the community while getting the treatment and skills training necessary to become productive citizens.
No. Drug Court is actually a more demanding alternative than simply serving sentence or going on probation because participants must undergo rigorous treatment for their disease and develop new habits for successful living. Drug Court involves intensive monitoring and accountability. Unsuccessful participants may be terminated from the program and subject to their original jail sentences.
21st Drug Court will only consider applicants demonstrating a genuine desire to confront their addictions. Adult, non-violent, addicted criminal offenders from Williamson, Hickman, Perry and Lewis Counties may apply. Admission is limited to those who can regularly report to the Franklin Drug Court office or for whom local Recovery Housing can be secured.
After serving any applicable jail time, participants must live in Williamson County for at least the first 18 months of the program. Safe and sober living arrangements must be pre-approved by Drug Court staff. Some recovery housing is available on a first-come basis for a modest weekly fee.
21st Drug Court is a five phase program lasting at least 2 years. A participant must successfully complete each phase of recovery before progressing to the next. Upon acceptance, the participant will spend several weeks in custody in an Inpatient Phase involving detox and counseling. Many of our participants spend the last 28 days of that period furloughed to an inpatient treatment facility. Participants with more severe addiction issues may be sent to 9-month inpatient programs such as DC4 in Davidson County or the Morgan County Residential Treatment Facility. After the Inpatient Phase, participants will face drug screens three times a week, be required to attend frequent 12-Step/approved recovery meetings, work or attend school full-time, face immediate consequences for non-compliance and be responsible for all costs and fees. During later treatment phases, participants are granted more freedom and less monitoring as they demonstrate increased responsibility.
Yes. Drug Courts have proven effective in reducing the revolving door of drug-related crime. While more than 75% of offenders released from incarceration are re-arrested; the national recidivism rate for Drug Court graduates is only 25%. Nationwide, 75% of Drug Court graduates remain arrest-free for at least two years after completing the program.
Yes. 21st Drug Court spends about $5000 per participant annually; compared to more than $28,000 that local tax-payers would normally spend to incarcerate each offender for a year. Nationally, Drug Courts save tax-payers more than $3 for every $1 invested in Drug Court programs. This does not even begin to account for the enormous savings from reduced crime and victim expense.
The 21st Drug Court is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2002 under a 3-year start-up grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. It is now funded primarily through grants and private donations. Drug Court participants also pay modest participation fees every week. Tax-deductible support to the 21st Drug Court can be made via check or online at this web site. [LINK TO SUPPORT PAGE]
In addition to your indispensible financial support, the 21stseeking employers who are willing to hire our participants, civic and faith-based groups who are willing to hear about our program, and citizens who will continue to encourage their elected officials to support 21st Drug Court efforts.
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
"Our search committee was impressed with Vince's education, credentials, job experience and enthusiasm for the position," says Phil Newman, president of the 21st Drug Court Board. "He will be a great fit with the organization." The 21st Drug Court also announced that it will hold its annual Community Breakfast fundraiser at 7:30 a.m. Monday, October 21, at Puckett's of Franklin.
The 21st Drug Court was established in 2002 at the initiative of Circuit Judge Timothy L. Easter, who presides over weekly Drug Court hearings where each participant's progress through the five-phase program is monitored. "Over the years, we have been blessed with the extraordinary leadership of Gayle Moyer Harris and Marianne Schroer," Easter says. "We believe that Vince will continue to help us grow both the quality and the quantity of our impact."
Wilcox, a graduate of the University of Virginia, comes to Drug Court from the 21st Judicial District Public Defender Office where he had been serving as an interim Assistant Public Defender. Prior to earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at Nashville School of Law, Wilcox spent much of the past three decades as an executive in the music business, where he managed staff and strategies for corporations, as well as small, entrepreneurial companies. Along the way, he earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling and worked with student and young adult ministries in area churches.
The Drug Court model is unique in that it employs a non-adversarial, therapeutic approach to crimes rooted in addiction. The Drug Court team includes the circuit court judge, district attorney, public defender, law enforcement, probation staff, and treatment professionals who work together to insure that its participants remain drug-free and pay their debt to the community while getting the treatment and skills training necessary to become productive citizens. Extensive national research shows that Drug Courts significantly reduce incarceration costs, dramatically reduce the recidivism rate of former offenders, and measurably enhance the safety and well-being of the whole community.Since its founding in 2002, the 21st Drug Court has graduated over 100 participants and saved the taxpayers three-quarters of the cost of incarcerating these offenders--not to mention the untold savings from crimes that weren't committed and participants who are now able to support their families.
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
FRANKLIN, TN (October 22, 2013) —The 21st Judicial District Drug Court recently raised more than $16,000 at its third annual Community Breakfast fundraiser at Puckett’s in Franklin, TN. The packed event featured a presentation to State Representative Charles Sargent for his unwavering legislative support, a stirring testimonial from a recent drug court graduate and a show of appreciation for Marianne Schroer, the program’s former coordinator. Vince Wilcox, the program’s new coordinator, expressed his gratitude to sponsors and contributors for their generous commitment to helping transform the lives of program participants and in turn– the future of our community.
The 21st Drug Court is an alternative sentencing program serving Williamson, Hickman, Perry, and Lewis counties which affords non-violent offenders with addiction issues the opportunity to complete an intensive two-year, court-supervised recovery program in lieu of traditional sentences. Circuit Judge Timothy L. Easter, who initiated the program, presides over weekly Drug Court hearings where each participant’s progress through the five-phase program is monitored.
Extensive national research shows that Drug Courts significantly reduce incarceration costs, dramatically reduce the recidivism rate of former offenders, and measurably enhance the safety and well-being of the whole community. Since its founding in 2002, the 21st Drug Court has graduated more than 100 participants and saved the taxpayers three-quarters of the cost of incarcerating these offenders—not to mention the untold savings from crimes that weren’t committed and the benefit from participants who are now able to support their families.
Photo caption (L-R) Board President Phil Newman, Drug Court graduate, Judge Tim Easter, State Rep. Charles Sargent, Past Coordinator Marianne Schroer, Board member Stacey Watson and new Coordinator Vince Wilcox (photo courtesy of Brandy Blanton)
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
FRANKLIN, TN– Eat the Street, Franklin’s Food Truck Festival, returns to Main Street on May 9th 2014 with 40% more food trucks and carts (40) and later hours (5-9 PM). The event is the main annual fundraiser for the Drug Court of the 21st Judicial District, which includes Hickman, Lewis, Perry as well as Williamson County. A special children’s fun area will also benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Williamson County.
Eat the Street 2013 drew more than 7,000 people to the streets of downtown – even in the pouring rain – demonstrating that the community is very supportive of a food truck event supporting local charities. This year’s increased vendor participation, pre-event charity days at area businesses, enhanced sponsor recognition, and an expanded marketing, social media, advertising, and earned media presence, is certain to make 2014 the best year yet.
Among the myriad of vendors that have already confirmed are: Bare Naked Bagel, Bradley’s Curb Side Creamery, Crepe a Diem, Delta Bound, Grilled Cheeserie, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Julia’s Bakery, Ken’s Hot Spot, Mobile Chef, Rolling Feast, Smokin’ Thighs and Yayo’s OMG.
The event is free to the public. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the 21st Drug Court office at 615-595-7868 or email email@example.com.
Perhaps you own or manage a business in our community. Hiring our non-violent, felony participants would make a big difference in getting them on the road to recovery. They’re highly motivated and frequently drug-tested. They have every reason to be great employees. Call us to discuss hiring one of our folks.
Our staff and participants are available to share stories of recovery at your school, civic or church event. Email or call our office for more information. The 21st Drug Court is a 501c3 non-profit organization and not a government agency. Our support comes from grants and contributions, so your organization might consider making 21st Drug Court a part of your giving plans through a one-time tax-deductible gift or even better—through ongoing financial support
Your business could advertise at our biggest fundraiser: Eat the Street: Franklin’s Food Truck Festival. This May, more than 7,000 folks will once again crowd Main Street to enjoy favorites from more than two dozen Food Truck vendors. Your company’s advertising dollar will not only build your business—but help transform our community. Contact our office to find a sponsorship package that’s just right for your company.
Perhaps you’re someone who’s personally seen addiction destroy lives and you want to be part of the solution. Your tax-deductible financial gift will help us to continue—and to expand--this proven, court-supervised recovery program. Click here to make a one-time contribution or—better yet--to become an ongoing, Sustaining Supporter.