What is STAR?
STAR (Striving to Achieve Recovery) Court is a voluntary, federal drug treatment court designed for pretrial, presentence, and/or post-conviction individuals who currently suffer from or have a history of substance abuse and/or addiction. STAR is one of the Eastern District of North Carolina’s (EDNC) drug reentry courts, and is held in Greenville, North Carolina.
STAR receives the collaborative support from our office, the EDNC District Court, U.S. Probation Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and other agencies who work as a team to provide rehabilitative services. Participants are provided with a support system using incentives and sanctions to promote and target long-term, sustainable, positive change.
STAR Court is held at the federal courthouse annex in Greenville, North Carolina every other Thursday, with court sessions starting at 11:00 am. STAR Court sessions are used to assess the progress of each participant. The STAR sessions are closed to the public, but participants are encouraged to bring family and friends for additional support.
The STAR Court program has four phases, which each participant must complete in order to successfully graduate. The program lasts approximately 12 to 18 months, depending on the participant’s progress. The STAR team emphasizes honesty and accountability at every phase, which are key to our participant’s goal of sobriety. The program’s focus is on providing the skills needed to be successful on federal supervision and beyond, including treatment, educational, and vocational support. Successful STAR participants can earn a reduction in a future sentence or a reduction in time from a supervised release sentence.
More information about the EDNC STAR Court Program may be found within the following brochure.
If you are interested in participating in the EDNC STAR Court Program, talk to your U.S. Probation Officer and fill out the STAR Program Referral Form.
Information on the Department of Justice and EDNC Reentry Programs.
Information on the EDNC Probation Office and offender reentry.