Drug court to graduate two participants


The Drug Court of Winona County (DCWC) will hold a graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 28, 2018, to recognize two participants who have completed the program. The DCWC is a four-phase program lasting approximately 13 months, but can be longer depending on how much time a participant takes to complete each phase. The DCWC is an intensive program for nonviolent offenders who have the desire to obtain and maintain sobriety. Throughout the program, participants primarily seek chemical-dependency treatment, mental health therapy, housing, employment, education, and family reunification. Honesty and accountability are hallmarks of the program. Community service is a requirement of the program as are weekly check-ins with the drug court coordinator and probation agent. Participants attend drug court on a regular basis – weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly depending on their phase status – to report to the drug court judge on their progress. Since the inception of drug court in 2012, there have been 24 participants who have successfully graduated from the program.

The DCWC graduation ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. in courtroom three on the fourth floor of the Winona County Courthouse, 171 West Third Street, Winona. The Honorable Judge Nancy Buytendorp, the drug court judge, will preside over the hearing. Refreshments and cake will be served in the rotunda following the ceremony. Drug court hearings are open to the public and anyone who is interested may attend.

For more information, please contact Drug Court of Winona County Coordinator Carin Hyter at 507-457-6434 or chyter@co.winona.mn.us.


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