May is National Drug Court Month

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Commentary by Judge Gail Bardach, Hamilton Superior Court 6

The Hamilton County Drug Court is celebrating its successes as part of National Drug Court Month.

Hamilton County’s Drug Court began in November 2010. While following Indiana statutes and court rules, our drug court unites the legal and treatment resources in our community to intensively supervise and insure treatment for non-violent and non-dealing drug addicted offenders. This represents real criminal justice reform in action.

Instead of warehousing those offenders in our jail or prisons where rehabilitation is difficult, the 16 professionals who comprise the Hamilton County Drug Court team assist participants in becoming drug-free, stop committing crimes and staying out of jail. They also help participants become responsible, productive members of society with jobs, good habits and rebuilt family relationships. The Hamilton County Drug Court has saved lives, prevented crimes, reunited families and been responsible for the birth of drug-free babies, education achieved and employment gained and kept.

In addition to assisting participants learn personal responsibility and achieve long-term sobriety, the court promotes public safety and reduces criminal justice costs by using evidence-based practices. Research shows that drug courts work better than jail or prison, community supervision or treatment alone. At the end of 2015, 81 percent of Hamilton County Drug Court graduates had not re-offended.

Our Hamilton County Drug Court is a judicially supervised court docket that requires participants to remain in treatment for 18-24 months while being closely supervised by professionals on the drug court team.

Hamilton County, like too many other counties in Indiana and around the nation, suffers from increasing numbers of people, young and old, who are addicted to drugs, specifically opioids and alcohol. Hamilton County also continues to have a substantial problem with individuals driving while intoxicated. Our drug court addresses these problems.

Our Hamilton County Drug Court team remains committed to using evidence-based practices to engage in real criminal justice reform. The members enthusiastically work with high-risk, challenging participants to keep them out of what is otherwise and too often just a revolving door of offenders entering and re-entering our jail and prisons. It’s some of the most rewarding work they do, especially when they can see the successful participants and graduates become law-abiding, contributing members of society and their communities.

The Hamilton County Drug Court anticipates the graduation of four participants in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. June 13 at Hamilton Superior Court 6.

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May is National Drug Court Month

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Commentary by Judge Gail Bardach, Hamilton Superior Court 6

The Hamilton Co. Drug Court is celebrating its successes as part of National Drug Court Month.

Hamilton Co.’s Drug Court began in November 2010. While following Indiana statutes and court rules, our drug court unites the legal and treatment resources in our community to intensively supervise and insure treatment for non-violent and non-dealing drug addicted offenders. This represents real criminal justice reform in action.

Instead of warehousing those offenders in our jail or prisons where rehabilitation is difficult, the 16 professionals who comprise the Hamilton Co. Drug Court team assist participants to become drug-free, stop committing crimes and stay out of jail. They also help participants become responsible, productive members of society with jobs, good habits and rebuilt family relationships. The Hamilton Co. Drug Court has saved lives, prevented crimes, reunited families and been responsible for the birth of drug-free babies, education achieved and employment gained and kept.

In addition to assisting participants learn personal responsibility and achieve long-term sobriety, the court promotes public safety and reduces criminal justice costs by using evidence-based practices. Research shows that drug courts work better than jail or prison, community supervision or treatment alone. At the end of 2015, 81 percent of Hamilton Co. Drug Court graduates had not re-offended.

Our Hamilton Co. Drug Court is a judicially supervised court docket that requires participants to remain in treatment for 18-24 months while being closely supervised by professionals on the drug court team.

Hamilton Co., like too many other counties in Indiana and around the nation, suffers from increasing numbers of people, young and old, who are addicted to drugs, specifically opioids and alcohol. Hamilton Co. also continues to have a substantial problem with individuals driving while intoxicated. Our drug court addresses these problems.

Our Hamilton Co. Drug Court team remains committed to using evidence-based practices to engage in real criminal justice reform. The members enthusiastically work with high-risk, challenging participants to keep them out of what is otherwise and too often just a revolving door of offenders entering and re-entering our jail and prisons. It’s some of the most rewarding work they do, especially when they can see the successful participants and graduates become law-abiding, contributing members of society and their communities.

The Hamilton Co. Drug Court anticipates the graduation of four participants in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. June 13 at Hamilton Superior Court 6.

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