Discussion focuses on drug court in Olmsted Co.

Olmsted County Drug Court

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Throughout the U.S., there are more than 2,600 drug courts and 36 counties in Minnesota are part of that.

A discussion took place in Rochester Wednesday to see if Olmsted County will be one of the next counties to develop one.

A drug court is a program that targets criminal offenders and parents with pending child welfare cases who have alcohol and other drug addiction problems.

The discussion is about educating those in the area.

“What are the pros and cons? What are the things Olmsted County should consider if a proposal comes forward in the future for a drug court here? So it’s an opportunity to learn about a new way of dealing with chemical addiction and criminal behavior,” said Sheila Kiscaden with the Rochester Issues Forum.

She said a major reason Olmsted County does not have a drug court yet is because of the added cost. Another judge would have to be staffed and more.

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