Judge Debbie Kleven
Justice Mary Muehlen Maring, Chair
The meeting was called to order by Greg Wallace, acting chair.
The minutes of the March 23, 2001 meeting were approved.
The Grand Forks team report was given by Judge Kleven. Northeast Central has 14 participants in their program and will be staffing two more. They will be meeting every other week during the summer months. Chris Walker will have a volley ball game with the participants every other week.
Rob Olson has resigned as public defender, and Judge Kleven is working on filling that position.
The Fargo team report was given by Judge Erickson. They presently have 11 participants in the program. The administrative committee is meeting every other week. He stated that they are very appreciative of the law enforcement involvement that Officer Todd Dahley is bringing to the program. East Central now has the participants giving a report on their progress for the week. They are getting a very positive response.
Dr. Kevin Thompson presented his Recidivism Analysis Report. This report is from May 1, 2000, through May 31, 2001. There have been 42 participants in the JDC program, 11 graduated, 11 revoked and 98% were enrolled in school compared to 78% nationally. The average age was 15. There were more males in the program than females. Dr. Thompson plans to also do a cost benefit analysis and a school attendance and grades analysis.
Greg Wallace discussed the quarterly advisory meetings and whether or not the team would like to have a speaker at these meetings. The committee agreed that a speaker should be contacted for future advisory meetings. The group decided they would like to tour the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan at the next meeting in October. They agreed to hold the December meeting in Grand Forks.
Defense counsel for the drug courts was discussed. Greg Wallace stated Steve Mottinger would receive $500 a month for his services with the JDC program. This amount is included in the indigent defense funds. Grand Forks has budged $6,000 a year for their defense counsel. Marilyn Moe stated Steve Mottinger will be attending the National Drug Institute workshop in September for public defenders.
Marilyn Moe gave a report on the grants that are presently being used by the JDC program and applications for further grants. Both drug courts are presently operating from the Bryne Grant. Each team was asked to submit any requests by July 10th as this grant will end August 31, 2001. Marilyn stated a grant was received for creating a video about the JDC program. The group discussed the increase in tracking amounts. Judge Kleven also stated her concerns about the drug testing. After further discussion it was agreed that a meeting should take place between Jeff Brye from Lutheran Social Services and the JDC team to discuss these matters. Greg stated that if the teams were notified of local grants, they were to contact Marilyn Moe.
Justice Maring will facilitate a panel at the Alcohol and Drug Summit in September in Bismarck. Judge Kleven, Birch Burdick, Melody Peterson and Nicole Leitner volunteered to be on the panel.
Technical Assistance has been contacted and no date has been set for Judge Cornish to come to Grand Forks. Justice Maring has requested that if Judge Cornish cannot come in the fall, Technical Assistance should provide us with someone else. Marilyn Moe will continue to work with Alec Christoff on the matter.
The group discussed the participant manual, and each team submitted its corrections. Marilyn Moe will make the changes and return them to each team for a final proof.
Todd Dahley gave a law enforcement report. He stated the Fargo law enforcement have approved a Ride-Along Program. They are also going to include the JDC participants from Fargo in a basketball tournament. They will be working on other programs that can involve the JDC participants.
The committee will be notified of the next meeting date.
The meeting was adjourned.