09/07/2018- Marinette’s Common Council hears an update on three criminal justice programs designed to aid those most at-risk in our community. Tuesday, Judge Jim Morrison spoke about the Drug Court, developing Mental Health Court, and Court Appointed Special Advocates. He says once established, Marinette County’s Mental Health Court will be just the fifth or sixth in the state and could help ease some of the burden on local law enforcement by mandating participants follow their doctor-prescribed mental health treatment plan.
Marinette County’s CASA program is a satellite program of one in Green Bay and provides each child in the Children in Need of Protection or Services program with an advocate to meet with weekly and discuss any issues or concerns that child might have.
Morrison adds the county’s Drug Court continues to see a fair amount of success. Since its inception five years ago, the program has seen more than 20 graduates and Morrison expects two more to be added to that list next week.