Drug Court: the graduates talk to the judge

I’ve written here and in Books, Crooks & Counselors about drug courts, citing the tremendous results in Yellowstone County (Billings), Montana. The District Court judge who led the county’s family drug court for 12 years, Judge Susan Watters, is awaiting Senate confirmation to the U.S. District Court. The Billings Gazette reports that this past week, the graduates gave the judge their own thank you ceremony. I think it’s quite moving, and that if you are writing about the court system, options like drug and mental health court, or addictions issues, you’ll find something useful in the story.

And take a look while you’re there at this article on Enhanced Treatment Court, formerly called Mental Health Court, a court that focuses special attention on those who have committed minor crimes but struggle with a variety of issues, including mental illness, to help them get back on track. It’s good work.

The Saturday Writing Quote — Natalie Goldberg on listening

“Writing is ninety percent listening. … you listen so deeply to the space around you that it fills you, and when you write, it pours out of you. If you can capture that reality around you, your writing needs nothing else. You don’t only listen to the person speaking to you across the table but simultaneously try to listen to the air, the chair, and the door.”

– Natalie Goldberg, in Writing Down the Bones