Our Opinion: Creation of a Drug Court is a Good Move

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sangamon County last week took what we believe is an important and laudable step in handling non-violent drug crimes. (T)he county started its drug court, joining some 2,000 jurisdictions across the United States in offering certain drug-addicted defendants a choice between treatment and incarceration. . . “It’s a highly structured team approach to dealing with non-violent offenders who are in the criminal justice system due to their drug addition,” said Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser. “We will continue to lock up violent offenders. They can’t have a violent conviction within the past 10 years, or they’re not eligible.” “This is for people for whom nothing else has worked,” Milhiser said. “If we can help them beat their addiction, the hope is they’ll stop committing crimes.””