Ravalli County’s first treatment court aims to break cycle of addiction, crime

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Ravalli County District Judge Howard Recht recently started the county’s first treatment court that aims to break the cycle of addiction, crime and incarceration. 

Courtesy photo PERRY BACKUS

It’s been less than two months since Ravalli County started its first treatment court that aims to break the cycle of addiction, crime and incarceration.

District Judge Howard Recht feels like he’s already seen its potential.

Every week, its participants stand before the judge for a face-to-face talk about the progress they’ve made in changing their lives. No matter how small those steps may have been, those enrolled in the program are given a round of applause by the treatment team that attends the weekly hearings for progress.

“From my standpoint as the judge who sees these people week in and week out, I’ve seen something in their eyes that I don’t often see in others appearing before me,” Recht said. “I see hope in the eyes of those in treatment court.”

Treatment courts have a long history in the United States that dates back

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