South St. Louis County DWI Court Program Earns Another National Honor

Updated: June 13, 2018 06:45 PM

Earlier this June, Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke and his court team traveled to Houston, Texas for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals annual training conference.

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There they accepted the DWI Court Leadership award. It's the first time this award has gone to a team.

The association's Division Director, James Eberspacher said "the program is saving lives and that the award is our way of thanking them for their passion and commitment to reforming the justice system in responding to impaired driving."

Judge Floerke spoke with Eyewitness News about accepting the award in April.

"It's super cool because it's a tea, it's not just me. It's a team of people working together to make this happen," said Floerke.

The team is made up of prosecutors, treatment providers and law enforcement to name a few.

"We're trying really heard to do the right thing. Our team knows the research, knows the best practices. We've brought in trainers from around the country," said Floerke.

The work, however, is anything but easy, but they have seen the success firsthand from the stories that come out of the program.

"I just got an email from a guy who's moved down into Wisconsin with pictures with two boys and he said, thanks for being there at exactly the right time to put my life on a new path," said Floerke. "Are you going to win every, but you do your best."

Awards like this, however, prove they are making a needed impact in the fight to help and heal offenders.


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