Adult Redeploy Illinois recently welcomed two new jurisdictions to the program, Crawford and McDonough Counties. Crawford County, a part of the 2nd Judicial Circuit in south eastern Illinois, will use ARI funds to expand and enhance their current drug court, in operation since January 2011. The county will purchase drug testing equipment and contract with a counselor to work with drug court defendants. The ARI funds allow for an increase of the drug court capacity and overall efficiency, including rapid drug test results to maintain offender accountability and the presence of the counselor at all drug court meetings to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration.
McDonough County, located in west central Illinois, begins implementation of an Adult Redeploy Illinois program in conjunction with neighboring Knox County, becoming the third county in the 9th Judicial Circuit to implement an ARI program. The Knox and McDonough collaboration is an important step in the eventual goal to implement ARI across the 9th Judicial Circuit. McDonough County will use ARI funds to implement a drug court following Knox County’s model. The county will purchase drug testing supplies, contract with a treatment provider, and hire a part-time probation officer to work solely with drug court defendants. Additionally, the new program will provide a training of evidence-based Seeking Safety curriculum to the entire 9th Judicial Circuit.