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Group Led Alternative Court Inspiring and Encouraging Recovery


GLACIER is a post-plea/pre-adjudication program in which the participant enters a guilty plea and his/her sentencing is held in abeyance while the participant completes the program. Participants will also execute a GLACIER contract in which they agree to participate in the program and abide by the governing terms of the program. Participants will be involved in GLACIER for at least 12 months, though the term of involvement may be extended as necessary to a maximum of no more than 24 months. The program is intended to be flexible, working at each individual’s pace with an understanding that the process is a slow track to recovery.

Successful completion of the GLACIER program leads to dismissal of the charge(s). If a participant is terminated from the program, the sentence is imposed by the district court judge overseeing the GLACIER program, pursuant to the previously entered plea.

GLACIER Memorandum of Understanding

Referral Process


•  Download and complete the GLACIER Referral Form in order to be considered for participation within the program.

•  Submit the completed form and any pertinent supplemental materials to  

•  Use this Redacted Example Referral as a reference when completing your referral form.

The Executive Committee meets the last Friday of each month to consider applications.

GLACIER applications should be submitted by the 3rd Monday of each month for consideration at the Executive Committee meeting.

Please visit the District Court's page for additional information regarding form submission deadlines as well as upcoming GLACIER Calendar dates.

If accepted into the GLACIER Program, please review the following in advance of court:

Eligibility Criteria


•  Charged in District of Montana for any offense except aggravated identity theft, firearm crimes, sex offenses, violent crimes, or any history involving these crimes.

•  Criminal conduct appears motivated by substance abuse.

•  No more than one prior felony which was substance abuse motivated.

•  Person is willing to accept responsibility.

•  Participant is willing to provide the government with all information and evidence they have regarding their offense (prior to sentencing).

•  Participant may not work as an informant during the program.








Underlying Principles


•  Integration of substance abuse treatment and judicial case processing (incorporate social services and treatment programs under the traditional guise of the court system).

•  Non-adversarial approach where court/prosecution/defense/treatment program promote core values of the program.

•  “Team” decisions by the Reentry team for admission, advancement, corrections, or termination.

•  On-going judicial interaction with each participant within a group setting (monthly).

•  Group observes continued interaction (good and bad).

•  Continued monitoring and evaluation to measure achievement of program goals and to gauge effectiveness.

•  Partnering with public agencies and community organizations to generate local support and enhance drug court effectiveness.