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Denver felony DUI program announces its first graduation

Monday, June 19, 2017

DENVER – The felony DUI track of the Denver Adult Drug Court, labeled RESTART (Recognizing and Establishing Smart Treatment Alternatives for Recovery and Transition), will graduate its first five participants on June 21, 2017, from the supervised phase of the three-year program. 

“I am very proud of this program, the staff, and most of all the participants for their hard work and dedication to being successful,” said Second Judicial District Chief Judge Michael A. Martinez. “Everyone involved with RESTART is to be commended for making this innovative program a reality.”

The first of its kind in Colorado, RESTART is a highly structured program that incorporates both probation supervision and direct interaction with the Court. RESTART aims to promote public safety by mandating continuous court supervision and intensive therapeutic treatment for repeat drunk-driving offenders, all of whom are required to serve at least 60 days in jail prior to entering the treatment portion of the program.

Participants are required to demonstrate years of sobriety before a probation sentence will be successfully terminated. Prior to that, however, RESTART probationers must appear for frequent court dates and regular probation appointments, as well as submitting to frequent random urine screens, 24-hour transdermal alcohol monitoring and random home visits by a probation officer. 

RESTART has the support of the Denver District Attorney’s Office, the Denver Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, the Denver Adult Probation Department, the Denver Office of Pretrial Services and the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  Treatment providers for the program include Mile High Behavioral Healthcare, National Institute for Change, IDEA, and the University of Colorado Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS). 

Members of the first class to graduate from the program will receive their certificates of completion on June 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, Drug Court Courtroom 1H.  The ceremony will be open to the public. 

Since 2007, the Denver Adult Drug Court has served approximately 4,000 participants and currently has more than 500 active participants.  

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