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D.A. News WeO o y, uay23, 2oo, - loom- County to sub- )tion and local off i- to imple- will receive year to car- Which allows defendants to to under- could be in County does not new law's ad- s. Ye're behind the County James Reich- a statewide conference last County Alcohol t is not state to provide Proposition counties to implement 1, has not ap- certiY1- have alcohol and even though they needed for many battle that has justice sys- department of has slowed if the coun- alcohol and certifie l in drug court In as the lead basis. that's the same Other counties he said he does : option. that, under such drug court ad- WOuld oversee iber of alcohol and drug said he is con- nt will be certified in time. Minert said he is working closely with the alcohol and drug department to prepare the appropriate paperwork for the cert mation. He said the interim director, Lia Bruno, is not experienced and sought his help on the cer- tification. Not coincidentaUy, Minert is one of the seven finalists for the permanent director posi- tion. But that has not eased frus- tration inside the courthouse about how the board of super- visors has delayed choosing someone for the position. Minert said he is "con- cerned" by the board's delay, which will probably result in an appointment being made no sooner than June 5. Similarly, Reichle said he is troubled by the delay. He said he is also worried about the board picking a candidate with the appropriate background. "With the selection of a com- petent alcohol and drug direc- tor, we can create a thriving partnership" among the D.A.'s office, the probation depart- ment and the alcohol and drug department. Such an alliance has been in doubt for a while because of a squabble between the district attorney and the current lead- ership in the alcohol and drug department. Earlier this year, both sides clashed over a variety of is- sues, chiefly how the drug court program was being oper- ated. At one point, the alcohol and drug department filed a com- plaint with the sheriffs depart- ment, accusing Reichle of mis- conduct. The matter was investigated by the California Attorney General, but Reichle was cleared when the AG deter- mined that the complaint was untenable. The department no longer will talk to Reichle and his of- rice. Meanwhile, the alcohol and drug department was removed by the county's criminal jus- Processing of first or second drug possession convictionI under Proposition 36 NOTES: ano~er c.nme at ~ame ume anc~ m.ay be excluded due to p~or ~ or .,~len( fek~y d~g ~; arre~ for ~ crime, requ~l ~: or lailu~e to mee~ ott'~ om.,d* oo~ered co’~it~o~s or" probat’o~, i 1 = violation Defendant is a danger to others I ,,. New p~rn. 2 violation Defendant unarr nabh to treatment I 3 violation tice system as a participant in partment has refused since Minert's possible appointment money is an incredible amount the drug court program. February to work with law en- as alcohol and drug director of money," he said. "That wilt Behind the scenes, other forcement and has refused to would help to rectify the assist us in getting the kind of members of the justice system talk to law enforcement," Re- chasm, officials say. resources we need to help ad- have expressed concerns about ichle said. Reichle said he believes that dicted drug offenders. the unwillingness of the alco- Bruno did not return phone Proposition 36, once all the "This could do a lot of good," hol and drug department to calls to the newspaper, wrinkles are ironed out, will the D.A. added. "It's up to us to work with the DA's office. But Minert and Reichle havebe good for the county, make the best of this oppor u- "The alcohol and drug de- a working relationship, and"For us, the Proposition 36 nity." By Dave Keller Tom Frady said. Staff Writer Drug testing fbr criminal de- One of the drawbacks to Pro- fendants is conducted by the postion 36, which allows crimp probation department. nal drug defendants to under- But, Proposition 36 promises go treatment rather go to jail, to increase the amount of test- is that state funding for the ing the department will con- program cannot be used for duct in the future. drug testing. None of the money the coun- "Drug testing is a crucial ty gets under Proposition 36 part of a drug treatment pro- can be used for drug testing, gram," Chief Probation Officer Frady said. Instead, the probation de- partment must obtain the funding elsewhere--most like- ly through the county's gener- al fund. The cost will'range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year, Frady estimates. That amount certainly will not have a major budget ira- bet of Proposition 36 clients will not be significant, espe- cially at first, Frady said. 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