60-second profile — Alton Amimoto, Administrator, Kaua‘i Drug Court, Hawai‘i judiciary

Q: What do you do?

A: I supervise and operate the Kaua‘i Drug Court’s adult and juvenile programs. Drug Court is a diversion program for individuals with substance-abuse problems in lieu of standard prosecution.

Q: When did Drug Court start on Kaua‘i?

A: Three years ago. It’s a collaborative effort of the prosecutor’s office, the public-defender’s office, the police and the Judiciary.

Q: How many clients do you have now?

A: About 25 adults and one juvenile.

Q: How long are clients in Drug Court?

A: A minimum of one year.

Q: Is there a graduation ceremony for clients?

A: Yes. The Friends of Drug Court provide food and refreshments and graduation certificates.

Q: When is the next graduation ceremony?

A: In May.

Q: What is your favorite local food?

A: The seafood at Fish Express in Lihu‘e.


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