This May, Rock County joins over 2,840 Drug Courts, operating in all 50 states and U.S. territories, in celebrating National Drug Court Month.
National Drug Court Month is coordinated on a national level by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). This year, Drug Courts throughout the nation are celebrating National Drug Court Month with the theme: “Celebrating 25 years of Drug Courts.” 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 the 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.
Rock County is also home to two other Specialty Courts: OWI Court and Veterans Court.
These additional courts continue to serve veterans and individuals with alcohol dependency
treatment options as an alternative to incarceration.