Grant County Judiciary System in Good Shape
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Aug 25 2014 3:11PM
Grant County Circuit Court Judge Mark Spitzer says the county’s court system is in far better shape than it has been in years. Judge Spitzer gave his annual “State of the Judiciary” update last night to the Grant County Council.
In 2010, Grant County was one of seven counties chosen to take part in a national research project that revamped the way law enforcement is done locally. The goal was to collect data on the best way to reduce what is known as “recidivism,” or repeat criminal offenders. Four years later, Spitzer says the county has seen a significant decline in recidivism at both the felony and misdemeanor level.
Spitzer says the effort should help Grant County with the state’s new criminal justice reform law that goes into effect in July. The reform is an attempt to relieve prison overcrowding at the local level, and Grant County has already seen some success at reducing those numbers for the second consecutive year.
Spitzer says future areas of concern include new criminal law reforms, as well as the high amount of expensive murder and high-level felony cases locally.