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Adams County Drug Court celebrates third anniversary with graduation

Monday, November 17, 2014

BRIGHTON, Colo. – The ninth participant to complete the intensive Adams County Drug Court program is set to graduate Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, during a ceremony that also marks the court’s third anniversary.

The court’s first docket was called in October 2011 at the Adams County Justice Center (1100 Judicial Center Drive in Brighton), where the ceremony will occur at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Courtroom 605. There are twenty-eight other participants in the court program.

“We estimate the Adams County Drug Court has saved the state and Adams County the combined amount of approximately $1.1 million by keeping eligible offenders safely in the community rather than incarcerating them,” said Adams County Judge Leroy Kirby, who presides over the drug court. “But monetary savings alone can’t begin to describe the benefits of a problem-solving court.  Participants get the chance to reunite with their families and earn a living while undergoing treatment, counseling and court monitoring, ensuring they are accountable for their offenses and changing behaviors to reduce recidivism.”

Problem-solving courts have proved to provide an effective means of reducing substance abuse and increasing the likelihood that participants – who volunteer for the program – will remain in recovery and reintegrate into their communities as productive and contributing members.

The Adams County Drug Court involves collaborative efforts by the Adams County and District courts, the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties) Probation Department, District Attorney’s Office, Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and BI Treatment Center.

The court is one of nearly 80 problem-solving courts operating in 20 of Colorado’s 22 judicial districts. Colorado’s problem-solving courts include 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.

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