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County Board approves COMPAS tool for drug court

 The Pierce County Board of Supervisors Tuesday signed off on the usage of the COMPAS Risk/Needs assessment tool for the Drug Court program.

The need for COMPAS, explained Human Services Director Ronald Schmidt in meeting documents, is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the program, to assist in lowering incarceration costs and reduce recidivism.

“(COMPAS) assesses offenders for the level of safety risk to the community and/or failure to appear in court, as well as personal characteristics that are known to promote criminal behavior,” it was further stated.

There is no direct cost to Pierce to use COMPAS and the only other costs would be training costs, which are being covered by grant resources.

The vote was 16-0 in favor, as Supervisor Greg Place was absent.

For more please read the July 31 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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