On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in Courtroom #3 of the Winona County Courthouse, the Drug Court of Winona County (DCWC) will host an open house to formally celebrate the establishment of the 1st Drug Court in Winona County. The drug court hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. with a reception and light refreshments to follow.
DCWC is the third drug court in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. It follows a best practices, evidenced-based model that is a post-conviction program for high risk/high need felony offenders who are facing long jail or prison sentences. The mission of the DCWC is to enhance public safety and reduce costs to the community by providing resources and structure to offenders so they can become law abiding, sober and stable citizens who will positively influence themselves, their family and our community.
Among the goals of the DCWC are to (1) reduce recidivism of high risk prison or jail bound chemically dependent offenders, (2) reduce costs to the criminal justice system and the local/statewide community, by diverting repeat substance dependent felony offenders from incarceration by placing them on supervision in the DCWC program and (3) to establish a systemic response by all involved county agencies to Winona County’s most severe, high risk and high need, population thus yielding a safer community.
There are four phases in DCWC. Random, observed and frequent drug testing is central to the DCWC in monitoring participant compliance. The phases of the DCWC will determine the frequency of drug and alcohol testing.
The DCWC was developed by the Winona County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) and was approved by the Winona County Board. Winona County was awarded a Federal grant to implement and support the DCWC for three years beginning in October 2012 ( Grant No.: 2012-DC-BX-0001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice statistics, the national Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending Registering and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this media advisory document are those of the DCWC and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.