Local

Joint Tribal-State Court Gets National Honor

View Comments
(credit: Jupiter Images)

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. HSSR: 12/19/14 – Gavin Pugh Battles ALS
  2. Sample Swedish Delicacies At The American Swedish Institute
  3. MN Musician Takes Memoir To The Stage
  4. MN History Museum Toy Exhibit Free With Toy Donation
  5. Mpls. Office Workers Battle For Best Holiday Cubicle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A joint state and tribal court in Minnesota is receiving a national honor for its programs.

The court is called the Cass/Itasca County/Leech Lake Tribal Wellness Court. It has been chosen to receive the 2012 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award.

The Wellness Court is the first tribal-state joint court in the United States and is a national model for government cooperation.

It targets chronic alcohol and drug offenders, and uses treatment and sobriety testing to break the cycle of addiction. It’s been operating since 2006 and serves tribal members and non-tribal members in Cass County, Itasca County and on the Leech Lake Reservation.

The award is from the National Criminal Justice Association. Two judges will go to New Mexico in July to accept the honor.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,383 other followers