ROCHELLE — Ogle County Drug Court began Aug. 1, 2009 as an effort to offer intensive services to non-violent adult felons who have been identified as having significant substance abuse problems.
As required by new rules in 2017, the court received certification by the Illinois Supreme Court in September 2018. The mission of the court is to reduce the cost of substance-related crime while holding offenders accountable for their behavior and preventing recidivism. Through education and individualized treatment, offenders are enabled to become productive and responsible citizens.
The specialty court team is comprised of five members who will explain the process and describe successes of program graduates.
• Honorable Judge Ben Roe, Drug Court Judge
• Honorable Judge Clayton Lindsey, DUI Court Judge
• State’s Attorney Eric Morrow, Specialty Courts Prosecutor
• Kathleen Isley, Specialty Courts Defense Attorney
• Brigette Beckman, Specialty Courts Probation Officer
The League of Women voters will host a presentation at Rochelle City Hall on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.
The public is invited to hear how our Ogle county court system deals with substance abuse and enables effective rehabilitation.