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Monroe County drug court wins award

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The Monroe County Drug Treatment Court recently received a national award for its efforts to foster community transformation by reducing drug addiction and crime.

The drug court received the Community Transformation Award Dec. 16 from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, according to a statement posted on the Indiana Courts' Web site Monday afternoon. The drug court accepted the award on its 10th anniversary.

Since 2007, only 10 of the 2,369 drug courts that now exist nationwide have received the award.

The Drug Treatment Court began as a pilot project in November 1999. The program admits drug- and alcohol-addicted offenders with criminal pasts who aren't charged with dealing illegal substances. More than 350 defendants have been admitted into the program, with 91 current participants.

A 2006 independent study by the Northwest Professional Consortium of Portland, Ore., found the Monroe County drug court reduces recidivism by nearly 70 percent and saves more than $7,000 per participant when compared with the traditional court process.

The NADCP is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 27,000 drug court professionals and provides training and advocacy for drug courts.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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