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Walworth County criminal justice officials on Friday pointed to a few paths they’re exploring to try and save the county’s drug treatment court program, which some have said is on the brink of ending.
The persistence and support that comes along with drug court is helping Megan Langhoff better her life and bringing her closer to getting back her young son. She doesn’t want the program to close.
Walworth County’s district attorney has taken plea deals off the table for defendants who are screened for treatment court, a move that one judge said at a recent meeting likely puts the program in peril.
A Janesville man has the opportunity to get most of his charges dismissed if he can successfully graduate from Rock County drug court.
The last time Judge David Reddy oversaw a drug court hearing in July 2018, Hailey Beles made him a promise. On Thursday, she said, “I told you I’d be good,” as she graduated from the program.
After flying in national drug court experts to give a training and mediate a discussion, some Walworth County officials wanted to leave Wednesday knowing if drug treatment court will continue or not. There was no such resolution.
State funding for Walworth County Drug Court is at risk because of the program’s low participation, the treatment court coordinator said during a meeting Friday.
While the future of Walworth County’s treatment courts is still uncertain, the top prosecutor from its southern neighbor across the state line has no such questions about the programs.
The Walworth County Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution Monday supporting the county’s treatment court programs, which the district attorney has recently called into question.
Two Walworth County judges who were once unsure of where they stood on treatment courts on Friday shared positive impacts they have seen from the programs.