29 Feb, 2024
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A Recognition of Excellence in Rehabilitative Justice – Judge Charles Burns

On June 29, the world’s prime conference on addiction, mental health, and justice reform, RISE23, was a stage to a special ceremony that honored Cook County Circuit Court Judge Charles Burns. He was inducted into the prestigious Stanley Goldstein Treatment Court Hall of Fame, an honor recognizing his unparalleled contributions to the treatment court community.

The Stanley Goldstein Treatment Court Hall of Fame, named after the country’s first drug court judge, is a distinguished recognition by All Rise, the foremost training, membership, and advocacy organization for treatment courts. This honor was presented to Judge Burns by the outgoing board chair, Judge Karen Freeman-Wilson (ret.).

Judge Freeman-Wilson lauded Judge Burns as a leader, mentor, and visionary within the treatment court community. Under Burns’ guidance, the Rehabilitative Alternative Probation (RAP) and Woman’s Rehabilitative Alternative Probation (WRAP) treatment courts have thrice been recognized as national mentor courts by the Bureau of Justice Read the rest