Former Forest Lake attorney Robert Rancourt inducted into Drug Court Hall of Fame
Chisago County Judge Robert Rancourt was inducted into the Stanley Goldstein Drug Court Hall of Fame in July. The ceremony closed the National Association of Drug Court Professionals annual training conference in Washington, DC. The honor comes as Judge Rancourt completes his two-year tenure as chairman of the NADCP Board of Directors.
The Hamline University Law School graduate and former Wyoming city attorney operated a law office in Forest Lake and Lindstrom before his 2001 appointment as a trial judge in the Tenth Judicial District.
Since then, Judge Rancourt has been a Drug Court pioneer, first implementing a Juvenile Drug Court and serving on several task forces aimed at promoting drug treatment for addicted offenders. During his tenure as chairman of the NADCP Board of Directors, Judge Rancourt traveled the country to support Drug Courts on behalf of NADCP and helped drive the expansion of Drug Courts abroad.
He was the first to bring the message of Drug Courts to Italy, where he addressed heads of the national drug control agencies of over 40 countries and held a key meeting with the president of the International Narcotics Control Board in Rome. This year he led a delegation from NADCP to participate in the 56th session of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria, where Drug Courts were front and center for the international community.
Judge Rancourt also has been instrumental in helping Drug Courts maintain funding levels. Under his leadership, NADCP has undertaken groundbreaking initiatives.
“As a judge when I see children separated from their mothers and fathers I know we can do better,” Judge Rancourt said during the induction. “When I see our veterans coming home physically and emotion ally broke and getting involved in the criminal justice system due to substance abuse and mental health issues, I know we can do better. Ladies and gentleman, we have to be a voice for the voiceless. We will not stop until we have Drug Court within reach of everyone who needs it in this country.”
Drug Courts combine rigorous drug treatment and accountability to compel and support drug-using offenders to change their lives. More than 2,700 Drug Courts are established throughout all 50 states. Since 1994 the NADCP has worked to create and enhance Drug Courts. For more information, visit www.AllRise.org.