What the Overcrowding of Jails Could Mean for You

The Brown County Jail is currently facing the issue of overcrowding. Today, the Brown County Jail sits roughly at 92% capacity and that is even with 40 inmates being sent to other facilities to be housed. This means that if you are arrested, you may be shipped to a county farther away from home. This would make it harder for loved ones to visit you in jail, having to deal with being constantly being transported from another county for all Court hearings, and finally if you have an attorney, it can make it more difficult for them to both visit you and get in contact with you to discuss your case. Hiring an attorney privately can greatly impact how your case is handled. Instead of spending time in jail, your attorney may be able to discuss alternative options with you.

The county currently offers three different specialty courts to individuals who have been arrested. The first is Veteran’s Court which is offered to those who served in the armed forces. This court helps to reduce individuals from reoffending, decrease substance abuse, improve family relations and increase support for mental health services. The second specialty court that the county offers is Drug Court. This court was designed to deal with individuals who have become dependent on drugs and alcohol. Drug Court was developed based on a program that first started in Miami, Florida in 1989. Since then, more than 2,300 similar programs are offered nationwide. The foundation of Drug Court is the link between the criminal justice system and the drug treatment community. Drug Court creates a non-adversarial courtroom atmosphere to try and break the symbiotic relationship of drug and alcohol abuse and criminal behavior. Drug Court fosters a positive atmosphere with applause, encouragement and individuals are even given fortune cookies for successfully complying with the program. Drug Court also includes a specialty Court for Heroin/Opiate users. Heroin use has been on the rise in both Wisconsin and nationally. These Courts work to turn offenders into contributing members of society instead of sending them to be incarcerated. The final specialty court offered is Mental Health Court. Mental Health Court helps individuals that suffer from mental illness avoid being incarcerated. The Court focuses on managing the offender’s mental health. Besides the specialty courts, Brown County offers electronic monitoring programs. Instead of the offender being sent to jail, they can still reside at home and continue to work. The offender is placed on an electronic bracelet that is monitored by the Department of Corrections. In some cases, offenders are given a SCRAM bracelet which also monitors alcohol intake. At Adolph Legal, we will work with you to develop a legal strategy that benefits you. If you are facing criminal charges, please feel free to contact us at (920) 634-2212 or at office@adolphlegal.com

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