For a second straight time, the Billings Adult Municipal Treatment Court will serve as a mentor court for other municipalities around the country.
A U.S. Army color guard posted flags in a courtroom where tables were laden with flowers, cake and sandwiches. The standing-room-only crowd included congressional representatives and guests from Helena. Wednesday was graduation day in Yellowstone County District Court.
Judge Ingrid Gustafson’s courtroom was filled Thursday afternoon with nearly 20 drug addicts ready to celebrate sobriety.
On Thursday, it was State District Judge Susan P. Watters’ turn to graduate from family drug court.
Wednesday’s Gazette opinion told the story of young people who are recovering from addictions to alcohol and other drugs in Billings Municipal DUI Treatment Court. It argued for continued support for treatment courts in Montana.
District Judge Ingrid Gustafson presides in adult felony drug treatment court, but most of her cases involve children. The felony offenders are usually parents with youngsters.
When Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath spoke to the Legislature last month, he told of a growing judicial workload and reductions in the judicial branch budget. However, he made a case for the Legislature to sustain support for two relatively small programs that have helped co…
Summer VanHook plays with daughter Izzabella Brandon in her new apartment she rents from the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Summer VanHook holds her daughter Izzabella Brandon in her new apartment.
Veterans treatment court team members gather with District Judge Mary Jane Knisely on Wednesday.
After seven years of sobriety, Robin Iverson is studying to become the kind of counselor who assisted in turning her life around. Now a student at Montana Statue University Billings, Iverson plans to intern with the Yellowstone County Family Drug Treatment Court. The internship would be part…
Organizers of the first Yellowstone County drug treatment court took part this summer in a national conference on addiction and the criminal justice system in Washington, D.C.
The Billings Municipal Drug Treatment Court program graduates an unprecedented six men and women Wednesday morning.
District Judge Ingrid Gustafson is planning to have a new adult drug court up and running in Billings by the first of the year.
BUTTE — A new specialty court designed to intervene with repeat drunken driving offenders will begin in Butte on Oct. 1 with the help of a $308,198 federal grant.
CASPER — The local drug court is ending its successful residential treatment program for those convicted of misdemeanor drug offenses, so the county can use the money that funds it for other purposes, an assistant district attorney told commissioners at a work session Tuesday.
“The worst of the worst of the worst” is how Beck Bey describes the type of cases coming into Yellowstone County Family Drug Treatment Court: Cases of child neglect, endangerment or abuse stemming from parents’ addictions, usually involving methamphetamine. Parents who grew up in dysfunction…