West Huddleston, CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, Chief Justice Lori Gildea, Governor Dayton, Judge Robert Rancourt and former Congressman Jim Ramstad.
Today, Governor Dayton received the All Rise Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Governor Dayton was presented with the honor for his commitment to Drug Courts, addiction treatment, and criminal justice reform in Minnesota. He is the first Governor to receive the award in the United States.
Minnesota currently has 49 drug courts in courthouses across the state, providing an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for drug offenders. The treatment program that drug court participants go through combines elements of criminal justice and medical treatment, as well as basic skills training that helps offenders rehabilitate. On average, participants spend significantly less time in treatment than other offenders spend incarcerated. Incarceration costs are nearly $3,200 lower for drug court participants than for other offenders, and by many measures, drug court programs are far more effective in treating drug offenders and preventing recidivism than is traditional incarceration.
Governor Dayton proclaimed April 16, 2012 as “Drug Court Day” in Minnesota.