Nebraska’s first DUI court gets $550K grant to continue offering treatment, rehabilitation
The DUI court serves as an alternative to prison or jail time
By Bayley Bischof
LINCOLN, Neb. — About 10 community members logged onto a court Zoom call Tuesday afternoon. They aren’t waiting to hear if they’ve been charged with a crime or will be sentenced to prison. Instead, Judge Darla Ideus is checking in on them, to find out how they’re doing.
She’s asking those questions to members of the Lancaster County Court’s first ever DUI Court, a problem-solving court launched in July. It’s open to people arrested for a third aggravated DUI or fourth DUI, and serves as an alternative to prison or jail time.
To help in this effort, the court was awarded a $550,000 grant, which the county board accepted Tuesday morning. This grant will help provide additional services to participants.