Our provocative program uses the term “recovery courts.” This refers to drug courts, mental health courts, veterans’ courts, and courts for those convicted of driving under the influence. The idea is to give those arrested for those reasons the help they need to avoid future problems – rather than just throwing them in jail.
Our speaker, Michael E. Brandt, is a practicing attorney who concentrates in criminal defense, traffic defense and expungement of criminal records. He previously served as Peoria County assistant prosecutor, assistant public defender, and civil court judge, including one term as chief circuit judge. He also taught law at Illinois Central College and Bradley University. The retired judge is a board member of the Center for Prevention of Abuse and the Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force. He handles no-fee civil cases through Prairie State Legal Services and is a member of the Illinois Judges Association Pro Bono Committee.
Please join us at 11:15 in the sanctuary to learn about this critical and difficult issue.