Adult Enhancement Services Division (AES)

Adult Enhancement Services (AES) serves adults involved in the criminal justice system, both pre/post adjudication via the Courts, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, NC Child Support Services and the community through our programs and services.

Community Recovery Court (CRC) provides intensive, highly structured programs designed to identify and treat offenders whose criminal activities are related to substance and alcohol abuse. Services seek to reduce judicial, health systems, other societal costs and recidivism associated with continued drug use and ongoing involvement in the criminal justice system.

  • To reduce alcoholism and other drug dependencies among adult offenders.
  • To reduce criminal recidivism and the incidence of child abuse and neglect.
  • To reduce alcohol and other drug related court workload.
  • To increase personal, familial and societal accountability of adult offenders.
  • To promote effective interaction and use of resources among criminal justice personnel, community agencies and child protective services.

Eligible offenders are those New Hanover County residents with no prior violent or weapons convictions and no convictions for selling, delivering, manufacturing or trafficking drugs.

Misdemeanor Diversion Program (MDP) is aimed at diverting eligible 18 and 19 year olds from the adult criminal justice system. It allows first time, non-violent offenders the opportunity to avoid formal charges by completing a 90-day diversion program tailored specifically to their alleged offenses. Our goal is to reduce the direct and indirect negative consequences of poor decisions made by youthful offenders.


  • 18 or 19 years old at time of offense
  • First time non-violent misdemeanor offender (with the exception of firearms offenses, sex offenses and traffic matters)
  • The referring law enforcement officer retains discretion

Pretrial Release Services (PRS) provides information that judicial officials are required by statute to consider in making release/detention decisions. PRS monitors and supervises released defendants to minimize the risk of nonappearance at court proceedings and the risks to the safety of the community and individual persons. In doing so, PRS contributes to the fair and efficient use of detention facilities and the fiscal responsibility of taxpayer dollars. Primary functions include:

  • Collection, investigation and verification of demographic information and criminal history.
  • Assessment of risk to develop strategies that can be used for the supervision of released defendants based on risk score, needs and special conditions.
  • Attendance at all first appearance proceedings to provide judicial officials with background information and to make recommendations concerning release options and/or conditions in individual cases.
  • Immediate report of violations to the court allowing for swift response from the judiciary.

For more information, please contact Michelle Taylor, AES Manager at (910) 798-7556 or

Community Justice Services: 320 Chestnut Street, Suite 518 • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-6495 • Fax 910-798-4316
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