Jason Helland believes that the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office can assist in prevention of many of the crimes and activities that make up the day to day routine of prosecutors and law enforcement.
To facilitate crime prevention the State’s Attorney’s Office promotes education of offenders; designed to reduce the chances that an offender might re-offend.
To that end, the State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to the Juvenile Diversion Program, the Domestic Violence Diversion Program, the Grundy County Drug Court, and the State’s Attorney’s Underage Alcohol Consumption Education Program.
The State’s Attorney’s Office is also active in providing speakers to educate the public in the means by which they can prevent themselves from becoming crime victims.
Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland and The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) announced on May 15, 2013, that the highly praised DrunkBuster Award Program will be expanded to operate in Grundy County. The DrunkBuster program encourages drivers with cell phones to report erratic driving to police. Anyone observing a car being driven erratically, swerving across lane dividers, on and off shoulders, almost hitting other cars, or committing other traffic violations can call the police and report a possible impaired driver. If the report results in an arrest for drunk driving, as confirmed in writing from the arresting agency, AAIM will send the citizen $100. AAIM initiated the DrunkBuster program in 1990 and is funded entirely through court fines paid by DUI offenders. The more drunk drivers are reported and arrested, the more lives will be saved. For more information on this program visit: www.aaim1.org.
The drug court movement began because people who have drug addictions did not change their behavior (refraining from drug use) after completing the traditional criminal remedy of incarceration. The number of offenders increased and the cost to tax payers to house inmates also increased.
Drug courts provide offenders a structured program of treatment, counseling, mandatory drug testing, judicial monitoring, immediate sanctions and incentives, and overall support from the drug court team to help offenders re-enter into the community as healthy, productive citizens.
The Grundy County Drug Court initially started with the receipt of a federally funded planning grant in 2005. Today, funding for the Grundy County Drug Court is provided by the Grundy County Board, as well as, fines collected from offenders, and fees collected from the Drug Court participants. The Grundy County Drug Court started in late 2007 and has returned a number of former offenders to the role of responsible parents, tax payers, and productive members of our community.
The mission of the Drug Court movement is to break the cycle of addiction, which drives the criminal behavior of non-violent drug users, and integrate the offenders back into society as tax paying, productive members of the community.
Drug Court targets substance abusers involved in criminal behavior driven by their drug use. Clients are generally charged with felony or misdemeanor of a non-violent nature and have a history of fewer than two felony convictions over the past ten years. Clients must be a member of the Grundy County community. The applicant must admit to having a drug problem and be willing to accept the treatment recommendations of the drug court team.
Referred participants are carefully screened to determine eligibility with a background check. They are afforded the opportunity to preview the program prior to signing their drug court contracts.
Graduations occur as the culmination of the formal part of the program. At that time the Drug Court participant’s charges are stricken with leave to reinstate. Graduates are highly encouraged to attend follow up court appearances and classes as alumni members to provide additional support.
The Grundy County Drug Court is committed to helping those individuals who have a substance abuse problem and restoring them to be productive and law abiding citizens, and the representatives from the following agencies are dedicated to making this program a 100% success in Grundy County.
Grundy County State’s Attorney Office is active in assisting schools, businesses, local government, seniors, and the community to become more aware of how they can prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime and in keeping the public informed of the work performed in his office.
If you would like the State’s Attorney’s Office to bring information to your event, or if you would like someone to speak to your group on a crime prevention topic or the programs and services of the State’s Attorney’s Office, you may contact us by phone at (815) 941-3276.