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4th Judicial Recovery Court Program to graduate 17 participants

Monday, May 14, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Seventeen participants in the Recovery Court Program of Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties) are expected to graduate from the program during a ceremony at the El Paso County courthouse on May 15, 2018.

The graduation ceremony is part of this year’s celebration of National Drug Court Month. In 2018, more than 150,000 individuals nationwide who entered the justice system due to addiction will be enrolled into drug court programs, which offer an alternative to incarceration while providing offenders substance use disorder treatment, intensive court supervision and the chance to repair their lives, reconnect with their families and find long-term recovery.

Individuals set to graduate from the Recovery Court Program have completed at least two years in one of two tracks: Adult Criminal Drug Court (ACDC) or the Healthy Engaged and Living Sober (HEALS) Court. The Recovery Court Program requires participants to work, complete community service, pay court costs and restitution, and complete at least two years of addiction treatment.

“The graduation celebrates the successes of a group of very dedicated participants who have reached a milestone not only in their recovery, but also in their lives,” said Fourth Judicial District Magistrate Daphne Burlingame, who presides over the Recovery Court Program. “This graduation reaffirms our community’s commitment to working together to help individuals successfully leave drugs and crime behind and become contributing members of society. We are so proud of the hard work our graduates have endured to make it to this day.”

In 2017, 69 people entered the Recovery Court Program and 49 graduated by completing community-based treatment and probation requirements including community service, regular court appearances, and payment of fines and costs. Generally, 77 percent of Recovery Court Program participants graduate. Among people who graduated from the program from 2010 to 2016, 75 percent of ACDC participants and 88 percent of HEALS Court participants did not receive new criminal charges in Colorado.

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.



Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.




 El Paso County District Combined Courts Terry R. Harris Building, Room W113

270 S. Tejon

Colorado Springs, CO 80903




News media representatives are invited to attend. The use of cameras must be approved in advance, and all persons being photographed must give their consent to be photographed. Please contact Robert Burrs at 719-452-5209 if you would like to bring a camera or for more information.

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