Drug Courts – September 4, 2013

Rochester Issues Forum’s discussion “A Drug Court for Olmsted County?”.

The Forum will be held next Wednesday, September 4 at the Rochester Public Library Auditorium from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. A flyer for the event is attached. We welcome having you distribute information about the event to anyone who you think would be interested in attending.

Panelists:
Karin Sonneman, Winona County Attorney
Kalene Engle,Winona County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Eric Thompson, Dodge County Drug Court Coordinator
Karen Steige, Dodge County Drug Court Graduate
Bob Cline, Rochester Issues Forum

Panel Presentations:
Each panelist will be invited to speak for about five to seven minutes. Bob Cline will review a power point list of issues gleaned from the literature that are cited as criticisms of or reasons not to support drug courts. Following your presentations, Millie Suk will take questions from the audience for no more than ten minutes.

Hopefully, the presentations will answer these questions:
How do drug courts operate? What kinds of drug courts are there? What are the benefits? Do they cost more? Are they worth it? Do they make a difference? What has been Dodge and Winona Counties experience?

Resource Materials/Handouts:
During the small group discussions, there will be handouts about drug courts available at each table , which are attached to this email in case you are interested in the topic but unable to attend the session.

Table Discussions:
The hosts for the table conversations use these questions to get discussions going:
In your view, what are the pro’s and con’s of drug courts?
When a drug court is proposed, what factors should Olmsted County consider?
You are most welcome

and encouraged to participate in the table discussions.
Please note that we are not attempting to take a position for or against drug courts. We are simply offering our community an opportunity to learn more and consider the pro’s and con’s of this alternative.
Millie ask for a quick evaluation of the session by participants and will adjourn the event by 8:30.

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