Clark County working to rehabilitate OWI offenders
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Tribune-Star on 01/12/2023 by Libby Cunningham
It’s Anthony Brock’s first day of nursing school and after class, he’s visiting his probation officer Angela Rubadue for one of their usual twice-weekly meetings at the Clark County Judicial Center.
Brock is working on improving his life after six operating a vehicle while intoxicated arrests, and he’s one of eight people taking part in IMPACT Court, a new problem-solving court in the county that aims at rehabilitating people with multiple OWI arrests.
He’s been in the program since September. The program has been in the works for about two years, after being introduced by Clark Circuit Court Judge Lisa Glickfield.
It was preliminarily certified by the state this past fall and full certification is expected next week. Only Clark and Allen counties in Indiana offer this court currently.
The ultimate goal is keep the roads safe for everyone.
“Angela, she’s not just my probation officer, she’s someone I trust, someone that advocates for me, someone I know I can come to in a time of joy or a crisis,” Brock said. “And she’s’ going to sincerely, genuinely listen and help in any way that she can, that’s very comforting.”