State’s Attorney’s Drug School Diversion

In Illinois, the State's Attorney's office of a county can establish and administer drug intervention and education programs as alternatives to traditional prosecution.

For individuals in St. Clair County who have first-time and low-level offenses, the program may be an option to avoid convictions and instead participate in classes on the consequences of both substance use and justice involvement. Cases are identified at preliminary hearing. If individuals are eligible for the program and agree to its rules, they may waive their rights to preliminary hearings and be given a three-month continuance.

To succeed in the program, participants must attend a minimum of 10 hours of education classes, and comply with program rules. If all requirements are met, participants’ cases are nolled (not continued) by the prosecution and, if nolled, participants are eligible to apply for expungement immediately.



To be eligible for this program, individuals must:

  • be adults 17 years of age or older

  • have simple PCS, cannabis, or drug paraphernalia charges (misdemeanor or felony)

  • have no histories of drug dealing, violence, or felony convictions

  • be charged in St. Clair County, Illinois


TASC’s Role

TASC registers participants for classes, maintains a database of participant registration, coordinates the reporting and sharing of relevant information, and provides reports to the State’s Attorney’s Offices to verify individuals’ participation. In St. Clair County, we also conduct drug education classes with drug school diversion clients.


Primary Funder(s)

St. Clair County: St. Clair County 708 Board and the State's Attorney's Office



St. Clair County: Joe Jackson

Diversion from Prosecution

Counties Served

  • St. Clair