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Yankton County Drug Court

Our Mission

The mission of the Yankton County Drug Court is to reduce crime and societal issues that occur as a result of substance dependence through intensive targeted treatment, supervision and judicial intervention. The drug court program enhances public safety and improves quality of life for participants, families and the community.

General Description

The Yankton County Drug Court was established in January 2013. The Yankton County Drug Court is designed for persons whose major problems stem from substance abuse. As an individual enters this voluntary, intensely supervised program, they must be motivated to work toward changing their lifestyle and becoming free of alcohol and chemical addiction. The program is accessible regardless of age, religion, sex, ethnic origin, sexual preference, marital status, age or physical and/or mental disability.

The Yankton County Drug Court is a court-managed, alcohol/drug intervention treatment program, designed to provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional criminal case processing. If clients are eligible and have been chosen to participate in this program, they must be willing to commit to the entire program. The program can be successfully completed in eighteen months, or it could take up to two years. At any time during participation of the program, the client can be terminated from the program and sentenced by a Circuit Court Judge for noncompliance with rules and treatment plans.

Team Members

Judge Tami Bern
First Judicial Circuit
Yankton County Drug Court Judge

John Billings
Yankton County State’s Attorney
(605) 665.4301

Todd Brandt
Lieutenant Yankton Police Department
(605) 668.5210

Luci Youngberg
Drug Court Defense Attorney
(605) 665.4308

Dr. Tom Stanage
Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services
(605) 665.4606

Lisa Ryken
Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services
(605) 665.4606

Aamy Drotzmann
First Circuit Court Services Officer
(605) 668.5459

Contact Information

Sharon Kraft
Drug Court Support Specialist
(605) 668.5459

Nicki Peterson
First Circuit Drug & DUI Court Coordinator
200 E. 4th
Mitchell, SD 57301
605-995-8993 (office)
605-995-8249 (fax)

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