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Fifteen set to graduate from Fourth Judicial District Recovery Court

Monday, September 23, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Fourth Judicial District’s Recovery Court is proud to announce 15 people have completed the rigorous requirements necessary to graduate in a ceremony Sept. 26, 2019.

 Recovery Court is a voluntary program allowing for an alternative to incarceration and requires defendants to complete at least two years of substance use disorder treatment, maintain sobriety, comply with community service and employment requirements, make frequent court appearances, and pay fines and costs. Including the 15 set to graduate this month, 48 people have successfully completed these requirements in 2019.

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

According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, problem-solving courts such as Recovery Court provide the single most successful criminal-justice intervention for addicted offenders. Such courts treat substance use disorders and can connect offenders with resources such as housing and employment while keeping them out of prison and accountable for their offenses.

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.

WHEN:

Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:00-6:30 p.m.  

WHERE:

 El Paso County District Combined Courts Terry R. Harris Building

270 S. Tejon, Room W113

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

CALL:

The media is 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 Andrea Sivanich at 719-452-5209, if you would like to bring a camera or for more information.

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