After a year of planning and training, Honorable Thomas Merrick and team members held their first Juvenile Drug Court session at the Stutsman County Courthouse on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Two participants entered the program in Jamestown. Juveniles in Barnes County will have the opportunity to enter the Juvenile Drug Court Program at the end of October. The court sessions in Barnes County will be held by video conferencing with Judge Merrick in Jamestown.
Stakeholders from Jamestown and Valley City met with Justice Mary Muehlen Maring and Marilyn Moe from the North Dakota Supreme Court on October 25, 2012, where they explained the Juvenile Drug Court Program and the process of starting a juvenile drug court.
The Stutsman/Barnes Juvenile Drug Court became the sixth juvenile drug court in North Dakota.
The team consists of:
Front Row, right to left: Troy Lefevre, Stutsman County Assistant States Attorney; Katie Youngbauer, Lutheran Social Services; Emily Kjelland, Lutheran Social Services; Kristi Wieland, Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator; Karen Kringlie, Juvenile Court Director; Curt Brown, Juvenile Court Officer II; Brooke Selle, North Dakota State Hospital;
Second row, right to left: John Conway, Jamestown High School Assistant Principal; Dennis Mansavage, Juvenile Court Officer II; Nick Hardy, Jamestown School Resource Officer; Honorable Thomas Merrick; Henry Kates, North Dakota State Hospital.
Not pictured: Brian Washburn, Juvenile Court Officer III; Lee Grossman, Barnes County States Attorney; Scott Sandness, Defense Counsel.
October 10, 2013