Mental health courts could become more common in MS

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rssfeeds.clarionledger.com – Mississippi – 2023-01-18 05:04:39

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael K. Randolph asks a question of Michael Bentley, an attorney representing Gov. Tate Reeves, during oral arguments over whether Gov. Tate Reeves has authority to partially veto legislative budget bills in a legal fight among Republican state leaders, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 in Jackson, Miss.

The success of drug intervention court programs could offer a glimpse of the future for Mississippi’s fledgling mental health court system, Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Randolph told a joint legislative committee Tuesday.

Randolph said Mississippi’s felony drug courts, which themselves have existed for about 20 years, have shown tremendous levels of success in rehabilitating people suffering from addiction without incarcerating them, and early trials with mental health courts in five jurisdictions have begun to produce similar results.

“From the court’s standpoint, we’re all…

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