Preparations On the Way for New Drug Court
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Preparations On the Way for New Drug Court

April 14, 2014
Reported by WBAY Green Bay

The law enforcement community recognizes it's going to take more than prison to curb a growing drug problem. Marinette County is just the latest to focus on treating addicts, instead of sending them to prison.

"It's astounding. The drugs here are terrible," says Marinette County Circuit Court Judge Jim Morrison.

Judge Morrison sees first-hand how drugs have torn apart lives and driven up crime and has sentenced a countless number of people to prison because of them.

"You want to say, just stop doing these stupid things, like you would want to say to your six year old. But on the other hand, it's extraordinarily frustrating, as a judge to see the frequent fliers who have been here so many times," says Morrison.

He realizes prison isn't the answer.

It's what prompted him to join the sheriff, district attorney, treatment counselors and parole officers to launch Marinette County's Drug Court -- the 24th in Wisconsin. This week, trainers with the National Drug Court Institute are helping coordinate the program focused on 18 to 24 months of regimented treatment.

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