Updates From Governor Office

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:00am
Governor Herbert

New specialty drug court begins as part of phase two treatment under Operation Rio Grande


What: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Mayor Ben McAdams, District Attorney Sim Gill and Drug Court Peer Mentor Leighann Marsh will announce the participation of the first group of clients arrested during Operation Rio Grande in the new specialty drug court, which begins on Wednesday. The new court will accommodate up to 125 participants. Initial participants were introduced to the court, assessed by medical and behavioral health staff and offered the option to participate by a team working in the jail.


60 jail inmates were identified as potential candidates by the jail staff. Of that group, 37 individuals volunteered to participate and 35 will attend the opening drug court session. All will have access to one of the 37 new treatment beds that came online last week with behavioral health providers. Drug court program information is available on Salt Lake County’s Criminal Justice website (here).


The specialty drug court is part of Operation Rio Grande’s Phase Two, which focuses on substance use disorder treatment as an alternative to individuals committing more crimes due to their illness and cycling in and out of the jail. Their selection for the drug court frees up those jail beds.



Spencer J. Cox, Lieutenant Governor

Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor

Sim Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney

Leighann Marsh, drug court graduate and Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Services peer mentor


When: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017 beginning at 1:30 p.m.



Matheson Courthouse, rotunda

450 S. State Street

Salt Lake City, Utah 84111