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Wisconsin Alcohol Treatment Court A Success

Wisconsin Judge James Kieffer is proud of Waukesha County’s alcohol treatment court. The “second chance” program has received criticism by some who believe, however, that treatment is not the answer for repeat offenders. “You can just see, not only the physical changes, but you can also see their outlook on life and how they’ve now been sober for a long, long time,” said Kieffer. The program is a voluntary one, and is comprised of court dates, alcohol testing and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Those who graduate from the program receive a permanent stay on their remaining sentence. “Ninety-one percent of the people that graduated from our program at that time had not been re-arrested for that offense,” said Kieffer. Kieffer believes that the program encourages rehabilitation and empowers people to take control of their life.

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