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4th Judicial District Recovery Court program graduates 10 participants

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Ten participants will celebrate their graduation from the 4th Judicial District’s Recovery Court (previously known as the Adult Criminal Drug Court) on May 4, 2017.  This rigorous program combines judicial oversight with individualized treatment and intensive supervision. The 4th Judicial District’s Recovery Court was the second of its kind in Colorado and began in 2001.

The graduation ceremony, helping to mark National Drug Court Month, is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. in Room W113 of the El Paso County Combined Courts, 270 South Tejon, in Colorado Springs.

“This graduation celebrates the successes of this group of very dedicated Recovery Court participants who have reached a milestone not only in their recovery but also in their lives,” said 4th Judicial District Court Magistrate Daphne Burlingame, who will preside over the graduation ceremony. “This graduation reaffirms our community’s commitment to working together to help individuals successfully deal with their use of alcohol and drugs.”    

In light of the felony drug law changes effective July 2013, the program revamped its admissions criteria and program requirements to meet the needs of the high risk/high need offenders it serves. This group of graduates is the second to complete the new program’s requirements of at least 2 years supervised probation, to include successfully completing their substance abuse treatment program, remaining substance free, maintaining employment and applying important life skills. By completing community-based treatment, many of them have earned the right to have their felony conviction converted to a misdemeanor.

The National Institute of Justice’s Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE) found that: Drug court participants reported less drug use and were less likely to test positive for drug use than the comparison probationers. Participants also reported less criminal activity and had fewer rearrests than the comparison probationers. Additional MADCE research found that drug courts produce an estimated $1.50 in benefits for every dollar in costs. (National Criminal Justice Reference Service, https://www.ncjrs.gov/spotlight/drug_courts/summary.html)

Locally, the success of the Recovery Court participants has been overwhelming. A statewide search shows that out of 356 graduates of 4th Judicial District’s Recovery Court since 2009, 78 percent have not received new criminal convictions. Through continued hard work by the Court’s participants and with community support, the Court will continue to break the cycle of drugs and alcohol dependence, strengthening families and improving the community.

Nearly 80 problem-solving courts are in operation around Colorado including adult and juvenile drug courts, family/dependency and neglect drug courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, veteran trauma courts, and truancy courts.

 

Editors note: News media representatives are invited to attend the ceremony, however use of cameras must be approved in advance, and all those being photographed or video-recorded must give their consent. Please contact Robert Burrs at 719-452-5209, if you would like to use a camera at the event or for more information.

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