at the end of august we submitted a grant proposal to the state court system requesting
we’ve got a pretty good committment from the partnering-type agnecies.
we’re hoping that we’ll get some resources t
a pretty good commitment-- we submitted a grant-- final touches
$250,000 two year grant-- one third matching requiement-- o.c. would need to mach
stearns county-- it’s my understanding -- continuation- operational
few more start up costs - none of the drug testing equipment --any of the drug testing equipment-- i felt good that our request was a reasonable amount based on an up and running drug court
100,000-- drug-- court
requests-- due in august-- make a decision in either setember or october, made available first of hte year.
my hope is
i would personally like to seeit up and running the first of th eyear. i think that’s a little too agressvie there are lots o things we need to nail down and meet.
things to do-- what are the specific eligibility requiremetns for our program-- formulate
what are the termination criteria
if we could get going by the first of the year, I’d be really happy. i think more realistcally would be the first quarter to the first half of 2008.
first of the year-- first quarter to the first half-- providd we get the resource
most of that budget goes to supervising agents, testng
it goes back to my pri-- i represented
attorney staff it-- we’ve already got the judges.
the vast majority of my cases were somewhere controlled substance relat
most of budget to supervinsing agents, testing euqipment and trainng.
private pracitce i represented a thevast majority of my cases were controlled-substance related. I’m seeing that now as a prosecutor.
we’ve seen an overwhelig number of cases that come into our office that are either outright drug related or somewhow drugs are intertwined int ehbehavrior --we have to have some alternative. sending them prison simply isnt’ good enough. they come out of prison and they recommit.
you’ve got to somehow get a hold of their attention, hold it for a long enough time to get them
drug courts are really one of the few things that are doing that. they take the whole person, not just the drug treatment, and address everything.
or-- outright drug related we have to have some alternative. sending them to prison isn’t good enough.
you’ve got to some how get a hold of their atention
drug courts really are one of the few things that are doing that-- not-- drug, employment, education, vocation skillsyou take the whole thing-- you make them do
you fixed all the various, that’s what will stop the recidivism-- people that are seriously chemical-so dpeende--
they need a much longer-term of treatment-- a longer period of time and a standard treatment won’t give that to them
standard 10 weeks. --need 18 months for meth addicts.
tose are the type of people we woul dhave to get to -- typical drug court will have been through, non-violent offenders, used to firearm,
we don’t take people that are selling drugs as an enterprise--
it’s those checmically-depen people who ae
800 felony cases this year, easily 50 percent or morer are drug related
up to 50 might be candidates
15 to 25 participants
dodge and wabasha-- that’s a typical story
it takes about that long to flip the switch and get them to understand-- stop using
i love goign to the graduation because you see not the only
from the cour tstandpiong it does reallocate a bit
15 to 25 participants-- would be seen one by judge-- they would not be seen
reallocates-- when these--the drug court can impose an immediate sanction and do it in one hearing--
yes there is a little bit more time on the dug court -- on the back end of it, get passed a few voilatios== continuing drug use,
clean and sober
that means so much to those participants-- maybe the first week or two 60 the courtroom
phase-- 1 prosecuotrs, public defenders ent, court services and dfo, treatment roviders are enthusi
the last piece really to get goin was getting the judges to say yes we’ll try it. i’ll have to admit there is still a bit of skepticism among the judges as to whetehr it will be successful.
it really can be very
juvenile-- don’t have enough when you are dealing with juv the offender you are also dealing with their parents.
hw can impose-
ou need to start with adult drug court and then see how you can apply it to other areas
alcohol and drug00 primarily drug dependence, primarily high risk butnot to say there aresome alcohol offenders. vast majority.
we’ll corss our fingers
ramsey started in 1998 with an overall substance abuse initiate-- adress across al the case type
we were looking at how address across
started with first drug court in 2001- started our juvenile substance abuse
a year later, started adult sustance oct. 30, 2002
we are in the midst of doing our own study, lenght of -- the problem with evaluating drug courts in minnesota ours is one o the longest one-- to get any post-graduation data
we do know that in terms o- i think our recividism rate is 87 percent have not reoffended, -- reoffenses have been for driving, not for dwis or felony arrests,
recidivism -- arrests -- not convitions.
driving offense-- no dwis, felony arres
we’ve had some tremendous success. our program lasts anywhere from 12 months to 24 months. -- only one person finished in 13 months-- upwards of three plus years-- had relapses-- e
there is really no magic number in that re
the one big thing we can point to in terms of saving the state mone-- 27 monts of sobriety 19to 20 -- arrested for 1st degree drug sa and scond
lower level, drug acitivy-- pres fraud, forgeries, theft- nonviolent
this was pretty rae to take this frist and secon
sober 27 months and counting-- gone to school, done everything expecte dof her -- meht
if sentence had been executed-- $200,000 plus dolars saved to the state becase we did not send her shakoppe-
that was significant and that was just for one offender. people are always eager to look at the cost-benefit analysis but when we talk-- we work
primary treatment, develop a program of jobs, graduate
pay child support-- make payments it’s all those untold things that you can’t really put a cost value on and how it ultimately benefits the community.it’s a very positive thing that we’re doing-- this type of a program is for people that have some level of motivation to want to get sober and cleaning.
ramsey-- capacity of up to 100, 60 some
dropout to reuglar probation-- toerhs
this is pretty much the last ditch here if they don’t make it here.
i’ve been a jduge almost 24 years now and it was between year 13 and 15 and i started seeing people come through arraignmetn court
grandchi-- i was one day sitting-- i thought all we continue to do is just process human misery so many of thes epeople are not bad people, they just have a horrible additction
what we’ve been doing wasn’t working. how can we really address this underlying issue that brings so many
it was withath -- started a program looking at underage, young adults 18 and 21
we looked at something much broader the drug courts becamse a place where we could work collaborative-- found that by sharing resources and working together we could
we juv, adult, standalone mental health, dwi
one of the big issues is tring to involve the failies an
you can treat a kid an dyou can put the kid into residential treatment or even group home living situations-- if you are not add the family compon and they are going into the family situation.
parent-- filing a contempt action, leverage, our co
how within the juvenile system, major issue
gary bastian judy bastian
our cases are boc-- i get the same numb-- an judge you’ll talk to that does this kind of work has a passion t
for me in all of my years as a judge this is abs the most rewarding work i have done as a judge
thrusdya-- it’s just that kindof an exp because you really get the opp to see people change and not to come back in te system and public-- we’re so
i am so much more -- the public safety as a n isse is really being addressed
it is sk -- any relucatac i woul dhav eor any other-- it’ slike for me brin gi ton i don’t mind that i have a day less tme-- not alljudge it’s manage
we’re not considered a limited way of doing bu
i havne’ theard any judge
minensota doesn’t hav ea lot of d
this have been going on since 1989 and all over the country they ahve been going on-- janet reno-- 1989, dade county prosecutor, flordia
there are studies from all over th
to me it’s whether or not these work is not a legitimate question to ask anymore. there
they do cut , some has anybody studied
judge jonane smith-- why not try something else -- minneost ais pretyt late to his part and were getting eno-- all you’ve got to do is look-- theyproblem solving courts have re-- greatest innovation in 30 years it’s really exciting to be par to of an dpeople ask me about wh
joanne smith== judge