This May, Rock County joins over 2,700 Drug Courts nationwide in celebrating National Drug Court Month.
Rock County’s first Drug Court became operational in 2007, serving individuals with drug and alcohol addiction as well as other co-occurring conditions that factored into their entry into the criminal justice system. Rock County prescribed to the premise: rather than continue to allow individuals with long histories of drug abuse and crime to cycle through the criminal justice system at great expense to the public, use the leverage of court to keep them engaged in drug treatment long enough to be successful.
Today, Drug Courts have proven that a combination of accountability and compassion can not only save lives, but save valuable resources and reduce exorbitant criminal justice costs.
The success of the program relies on the joint cooperation between the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, the Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office, the Rock County District Attorney’s Office, and Attic Correctional Services, Inc. Together, these organizations and professionals seek to offer a multitude of services in
order to assist participants in defeating their drug and/or alcohol addiction while also giving them the tools necessary to integrate back into society as a productive and successful member.