Island, One Team Meeting
8, 2008, 4 p.m.
Dick Crawford, Mary Cooke, Danielle Gworek, Neil Seaman, Maureen Lewis, Chris
Swiatek, Pete McMahon, Peter Sukmankowski, Edward Nieman, Kathy Duff, Lisa
Dollendorf, Theresa Winder, Sybil Kennedy, Andres Arroyo, Reg Schopp, Bob
Christmann, Bruce Benson, Carolyn Fabiano, Linda Schultz, Carol Jones
Swiatek opened: Introduced speaker Jeff Smith, 8th Judicial District
Court overview –
Program for Grand Island Town Court has been running for 3 years (40 people
involved) as a problem-solving entity for drug, mental health, and domestic
violence issues. Judge Kennedy oversees. It is a judicially driven, coordinated,
systemic approach for the non-violent substance abusing offender. Its purpose is
to reduce crime and recidivism through a comprehensive, community based
treatment system and the promotion of accountability for criminal activity.
Other goals of this program: reducing overcrowding in jails; transforming the
roles of criminal justice, treatment and social service professionals; promoting
employment and increasing education levels of offenders; offender graduation
from drug court after 12 months clean and sober, ready to become a productive
member of the community.
intervention or support, offenders can fall into a cycle of recidivism: arrest,
arraignment, prosecution, conviction, sentencing, incarceration, release,
there were 27,407 drug-related arrests.
there were 108,834 drug-related arrests.
there were 145,694 drug-related arrests.
This is a
430% increase, with the use of cocaine. We have also seen the introduction of
methamphetamine. Alcohol is the #1 drug abused. The average age of offenders is
getting younger, and mental health issues are becoming more common.
32 drug courts in the 8th Judicial District, rating 89%
effectiveness. There are 2,600 drug courts in the nation, and 7 internationally.
The caring and concern on the part of the overseeing judges, and grass roots
level citizens/volunteers make this program a successful one. The judge takes on
a non-adversary role in the courtroom. Defense and prosecution collaborate on
rehabilitation plans for the offender. Program alumni give talks and support to
parents have been asking “How do we identify the drugs?” Chris Pyc could
share this info.
Andre shared that we still need to discuss the questions that will be asked and
what the target population will be.
Sticker Shock, Wednesday January 30th @ 1pm – Re: underage
drinking. Sally Yageric presenting. Dick Crawford plans to attend.
Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in the High School Small Cafeteria.