Minnesota’s judicial branch this week held a Treatment Courts Day at the Capitol, to highlight the work of both the state’s treatment courts system and those who go through a treatment court. Speakers at the event included treatment court graduates and treatment court team members.
Minnesota established its first treatment court in 1996. Treatment courts allow prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers, and other stakeholders involved in the criminal justice system to develop a system that enables completion of a treatment program and reduce relapse or recidivism.
The treatment courts have proven incredibly successful in developing strategies that improve public safety and save taxpayer dollars while focusing on the wholistic treatment of the individual.
The judicial branch has included a request for additional funding for its treatment courts, though Republicans have given the Judiciary Committee a limited target that does not provide for this increased funding.