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Seventeen to graduate from 4th Judicial District Recovery Court program

Friday, October 5, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Seventeen participants in the Recovery Court program in the Fourth Judicial District (El Paso and Teller counties) are expected to graduate from the intensive treatment and supervision program during a ceremony on Oct. 9, 2018.

The graduates who will be celebrated in the ceremony from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Room W113 at the El Paso County Combined Courts, 270 S. Tejon in Colorado Springs, will have completed at least two years in one of two tracks of Recovery Court: Adult Criminal Drug Court (ACDC) or the Healthy Engaged and Living Sober (HEALS) Court. Recovery Court requires each participant to work, complete community service, pay court costs and restitution and complete at least two years of addiction treatment.

Treatment courts like Recovery Court have been shown in studies by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals to be an effective strategy in reducing drug use and recidivism among substance addicted, nonviolent offenders with criminal histories. As an alternative to incarceration, the NADCP says such programs also have proved to produce significant cost savings.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 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 Court Magistrate Daphne Burlingame. “This graduation reaffirms our community’s commitment to working together to help individuals successfully leave drugs and crime behind and become contributing members to society. We are so proud of the hard work our graduates have endured to make it to this day.”

Historically, 77 percent of Recovery Court participants have graduated from the program. In a recent recidivism study of the period from January 2010 to June 2016, 75 percent of ACDC graduates did not receive new charges in Colorado, and 88 percent of HEALS graduates did not receive new charges in Colorado. In 2017, the Recovery Court served 210 participants. It is one of nearly 80 problem-solving courts operating in Colorado.

Editor’s note:

News media representatives are invited to attend the ceremony. Use of cameras must be approved in advance, and no person may be photographed or recorded on video without their consent. Please contact Robert Burrs at 719-452-5209 for more information.

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