Breaking the CycleBlue Earth County implemented Drug Court with the mission of reducing crime through the rehabilitation and recovery of drug and alcohol offenders. Drug Court coordinates the efforts of the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, law enforcement, social services, probation, and treatment specialists to quickly identify and intervene with selected non-violent substance-abusing offenders (both drugs and alcohol) in order to break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction, and crime.
Participating in the ProgramThe judge is the central figure in a team effort to keep participants engaged in treatment, to reward progress for meeting goals, and to sanction noncompliant behavior.
Drug court participants receive intensive monitoring from the court, are placed under strict community supervision, undergo frequent drug testing and engage in long-term substance abuse treatment. In addition, drug courts assist participants in enhancing life-skills which may include things such as:
- Job training
- Family counseling