New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

By Sam Easter
North Dakota Newspaper Association 

Ready for change: Is North Dakota's criminal safety net too thin?


August 12, 2019

This fourth installment is a kind of "the problem we face today" piece. As we pivot away from tracing the history of our prison/parole/probation capacity issues, we're going to look at the nature of crime in North Dakota today – especially drug/behavioral health issues – and explore gaps in resources that might cause the problem. Sources continue to state that a big burden on the criminal justice system is a profound lack of resources for drug addicts and the mentally ill, especially in rural areas. This article drills down into these gaps.

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