Treatment Court

Mission statement

To reduce the adverse impact of serious and repeat offenders on the residents and criminal justice system of Rice County, and to create a system that is more effective for participants.

RCTC is a problem-solving court that focuses on non-violent offenders with a substance use disorder diagnosis. RCTC coordinates the efforts of the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, law enforcement, probation, social services and treatment providers to accomplish this mission.

Program overview

Rice County Treatment Court (RCTC) is an 18-month to two-year program (based on individual progress) that includes long-term treatment, intensive monitoring from the court, strict community supervision, and frequent chemical testing. In the Rice County program, led by Third District Court Judge Jeffrey M. Johnson, participants are linked with community services to enhance their progress.

There are five phases in RCTC. During the phases, participants can earn incentives (for meeting or exceeding program requirements) or sanctions (for not meeting requirements).

Rice County opened its Treatment Court program July 3, 2014. View the media release from June 30, 2014 by Beau Berentson, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Minnesota Judicial Branch.

For more information on the Rice County Treatment Court, download the RCTC Brochure.