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Associated Press, Published March 17 2013

Drug court officials to rally at Minn. Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea will join other judges and Gov. Mark Dayton at a rally to promote the state’s drug court system.

The rally is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda. Top prosecutors from Ramsey and Dakota counties will also be on hand, as well as hundreds of drug court participants.

There are 50 drug courts in Minnesota, which serve adults, juveniles, families, veterans and others.

The courts use a team approach and include treatment and strict supervision of certain non-violent, drug-using offenders to get them on a path toward rehabilitation.

Court officials say drug courts have been proven to save lives, reunite families and save taxpayers money.