Wellness courts work. Ninth Judicial Disctict Court Judge the Honorable Kory Wahwasuck spoke to the Itasca Couty Board of Commissioner Tuesday during the regularly scheduled board meeting about the Wellness court.
Nationwide, 75% of drug court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program. Offenders must meet criteria to be eligible for the program and about half fail. Commissioners Trunt, Snyder, and Tinquist echoed the same statement, “This is how we can get ahead of the problem (of out of home placement).”
Judge Wahwasuck helped found and presided over the Leech Lake-Cass County-Itasca County Wellness Courts, the first joint tribal-state jurisdiction courts in the nation.