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Hennepin County Chemical Dependency Task Force (CDTF): Final Recommendations for Juveniles with CD Issues
(September 11, 2007)
Alcohol and other drug (AOD) use costs Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota millions of dollars every year. AOD use frequently leads to involvement with the criminial justice system through driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses, drug offenses and juvenile crime. This report covers the work and recommendations related to juveniles. The Juvenile Subcommittee included representatives from the bench, County Board, court administration, prosecution, Community Corrections, local CD service providers, public defense and Human Services. The subcommittee reviewed research and evidence-based practices and then formulated recommendations to improve the functioning of the Hennepin County criminal justice system.
Fourth Judicial District Chief Judge Lucy Wieland and Director of Hennepin County Community Corrections Fred LaFleur co-chaired the CDTF. The CDTF convened three subcommittees - Adult Drug/Drug Court Subcommittee, DWI Subcommittee and Juvenile Alcohol and Other Drug Subcommittee. This report covers the work and recommendations of the Adult drug and DWI groups. Each subcommittee included representatives from the bench, court administration, prosecution, community corrections, public defender and human services. The subcommittees reviewed research and evidence-based practices and then formulated recommendations to improve the functioning of the Hennepin County criminal justice system.
The Domestic Fatality Review Team is part of a growing national movement to provide in-depth case reviews of the events and circumstances surrounding domestic homicides to identify responses and strategies to prevent similar tragedies in the future. The 35-member Review Team, appointed by the Chief Judge, represents a diverse group of professionals, including judges, prosecutors, public defenders, physicians, advocates, probation officers, psychologists, corporate human resource directors, social workers, community volunteers, and policy makers. The Project Chair is Judge Kathryn Quaintance.
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