Connecticut, Alabama, Marijuana discussed on Capt. Hunter's Podcast
I have not been a the drug court. Judge chang berry when i got a point it so i don't know what the data is but we most definitely statistical the data and our numbers last numbers. I checked before i left we were we had an eighty eight percent success rate when i left. I don't know what those numbers are and i would sown. Those numbers are still just as good if not better because the judge who appointed to replace me feel has a heart and a passion for thing people succeed not in the drug court program but <hes> i was very proud of our eighty percent success rate with that large part to to understanding addiction. <hes> you know i'm a former prosecutor and i can tell you i did not go to law school because social worker drug were a bunch of social work on understanding addiction so i had to do a lot of outside work to understand that addiction is not an exact science and you can't put a number on how the person tests positive for how many times they relapse or they go back to a behavior as long as they continue to work the program program then you have to have the resources available to help them and that's what i was committed to <hes> the ten years that i ran the program so judges are picked. Ah for this particular assignment because of passionate you had or is that how it's done no no the way our adjust tips work here is that you run for the seat and i'll tell you this is how i ended up running for that seat. I've never been into politics back and say and i was fairly young when i when i left rested e._s. office to run for the but i ran for the seat because that's kind of the judge which started the drug program he retired he retired from the bench after so the governor at that time appointed someone to the seat and i was really really really concerned i was you know i've been the d._a. Dasa's asset tom for about five years of five and a half years and i was concerned about the person who was appointed because i said these are people's lives. I've never ever seen this person in the courthouse. How can you preside over a program that directly affect people bligh's in every courtroom in the criminal justice system affect people's lives you know we're talking about life and liberty and i was so upset by that that i've literally just talked to my husband about it and said hey i think i can do this i have i don't have any political capital. Don't have any political experience. I'm not connected to anyone but i believe i believe that i can do this because i do not like people sitting on the bench making decisions about people's life liberty and they haven't been in the courthouse before so in iran for the out of passion for for the criminal justice but not necessarily out of a passion for drought belt but that passion rooms wants voice. I put that seed and i put myself in addition to learn as much as i could about drug footsteps throughout the nation and i built our program and i had a i had had a good program to start with because i didn't have to start it from the ground up. The previous judge started the program but i was able to really enchants our program ram different things for after year drafted years that i was there. Oh that's nice. That's good. That's good. That's really interesting. I did not know that that's the process process. Do you know if that's the process is at the process that other states in the union take as far as their drug courts as far as people running for seats and ah good. I was gonna say alabama lease typically. We choose a so you know what you're getting into. When you run four-seat four-seat you know what docket that he will handle now. The presiding judge of the circuit can always transfer us to different divisions <hes> he or she has the power transfer within the surfeit two different divisions so you always you can always move but now most other states. Don't do it like that. Most other states they have with they call rotation like you may be in civil court handling civil cases for a while then you may be moved to the criminal dockets hits but most states do not have where you run for the drope feet and you will be a net until your retirement <hes> unless you're moved because in in all honesty you should probably only preside over a pretrial diversion program for about five years at a time there should always be fresh eyes on the into carajas barring death also yes. I'm pretty sure that's the way connecticut. That's where i'm at is in connecticut and i'm sure there's a rotational type of tenure ear or whatever so with that is so i also see that you're heavily involved in the community what i was most impressed with according to this website jones jones dot com is that <hes> you had <hes> middle high school classes high school classes. Come to your courtroom and watch the corporate seatings and can you talk a little bit about that. I quite often will host middle schoolers and high schoolers in the courtroom and i will have them to come in. I will try to always tell them on a day that will have something in for it because i know they like to see what's going on in court so i will always gisele them when i'm having four or when i'm in <hes> in the process of the trial i let them <hes> about. Maybe an hour of what we do in a row or an hour what we do in court and then i step off awesome bench and i talked to them and allow them to ask me questions and they will typically ask some questions. About how long did it take you to go to school. <hes> you know what major interested in it. How much do judge it's made. What do i need to do. If i'm interested in lost the conversations are always just wonderful for me. In which is why always do it because i enjoy that but i do that <hes> probably three to four times a year in my courtroom and then we <hes> we will always have a conversation for station about they interaction with the police <hes> responsible use of social media and then i will always end with talking about the the consequences of their actions like when they're wrong of the talking about how their criminal history with them their entire lives and good decision vision making and the consequences of actions even when you're young and you aren't really thinking about it so typically is when i do it i i typically we spend about <hes> maybe twenty two and a half to three hours just to students. Wow that's a that's a considerable amount of time. Yeah i really enjoy elliot because he joins talking to the younger younger kids <unk> at because sometimes i'm not so sure people really understand that their criminal history will follow them their entire lives and told them alabama we just got a provision for a few years ago but up up until then even if the case was dismissed against you we we did not have any provision for your record expunged even on a dismissal until a few two years ago <hes> the legislature passed laws whereby under certain circumstances the circumstances are still very narrow so i try to get them to understand about friendship and if you and your friends are riding in the car and if they're four people in the car and there's marijuana found you know in the center console who gets charged ours and that starts a really good conversation typically with young young people when i tell them everyone get charged in the car the police there. They don't have to figure how you know who actually boston marijuana who placed it there. Everyone is imposition of it so we typically have a long talk about destructive possession versus it <hes> so that they will understand that you can be constructive possession. If nothing just five gene in the area or heading it you know just in your presence aw.