Will County Prosecutor Uses Experience To Lobby For Drug Courts

WASHINGTON (CBS) — In Washington, D.C., Tuesday, a prosecutor from Will County will be lobbying for more money for drug court programs around the country – and she knows of what she speaks.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Elizabeth Johnson went through the Drug Court program in Will County when she was 18. She had been using marijuana and drinking alcohol.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The court’s every-week drug testing and mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meeting attendance helped her turn her life around, and now she is a prosecutor working for the Will County State’s Attorney’s office.

She is now urging U.S. Senators to keep drug courts going, saying it definitely worked for her.

“It was definitely a wake-up call; I was scared out of my mind,” she said.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow says drug court makes a difference, and can save taxpayers money.

“Every dollar you put into a drug court, you’re probably saving $10 to $20 in remedial costs down the road,” he said.

  • FR

    Legalize, Regulate and Tax drugs. That will reduce drug deaths from contaminated drugs of unknown strength, and generate much needed tax revenue, and give bthe people back their American freedom of choice.

    • Roberta Waker

      I agree that drugs should be legalized and taxed. I am concerned about your statement regarding the American freedom of choice. Choice to kill yourself slowly with drugs that harm your body and organs; choice by minors who think getting high is ok; choice to kill brain cells because you are an addict? Some people can’t handle freedom of choice and drug addicts are at the top of that list. There are many people in California that get “legal” drugs for minor medical conditions, so regulation has a long way to go to be effective.

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