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Specialty courts are collaborations between the courts, probation, law enforcement, treatment providers and community partners that work to reduce recidivism of offenders who are chemically dependent. In lieu of incerceration, specialty courts use a treatment-based approach couplied with intensive supervision and judicial oversight to help chemically-dependent offenders maintain sobriety. The offenders enter the speicialty court for at least a year, during which time they are expected to complete treatment and remain accountable to probation through providing random urinalysys tests and complying with random home visits.

St. Louis County has four specialty courts: the Duluth Drug Court, the Duluth DWI Court, the Range Hybrid Drug/DWI Court, and the Duluth Mental Health Court. Each court has its own team of professionals that collaborate and meet weekly to help offenders succeed in the program. Each specialty court also requires that offenders appear in front of the judge and the team at weekly hearings.

By achieving a sober lifestyle, chemically-dependent offenders are less likely to commit crimes and are more likely to be employed and to be providers for their families. Specialty courts not only save money and increase public safety by reducing crime; they also change the lives of the offenders and their families.

For more information, please contact:

Jenny Tahtinen (click to contact)
DWI Court and Mental Health Court
100 North 5th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802

Theresa Bobula (click to contact)
Duluth Drug Court and Range Hybrid Court
100 North 5th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802