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Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian Boatright to visit 16th Judicial District, attend problem solving court dockets and graduation

Monday, May 2, 2016

               LA JUNTA, Colo. – Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian Boatright will be in La Junta on Friday, May 6, 2016, to attend the M.A.P (Motivation, Achievement, Power) truancy court docket and celebrate the graduation of two participants from the I.T.C (Integrated Treatment Court) adult drug court program.

               “I am looking forward to my visit to La Junta,” Justice Boatright said. “In addition to having an opportunity to visit with the judges and court staff, I am pleased to be able to sit in on the dockets for these important treatment court programs that are making a positive difference in Otero County.”

In addition to meeting with current program participants, Justice Boatright will have an opportunity to meet with recent graduates from each program and learn about their experiences in the court programs.

               The M.A.P. docket will begin and 9 a.m. and the I.T.C. docket will begin at 1 p.m. with the graduation celebration following. The Honorable Michael Schiferl presides over both treatment courts. Both dockets will be held in Division B of the Otero County Courthouse, 13 W. 3rd, La Junta, CO 81050. The public and media are invited to attend.

               M.A.P.’s mission statement is “To Motivate youth to Achieve in school and evoke the Power to succeed.” The program, in its current format, was started in August 2014 and is one of three such pilot programs in Colorado. The program serves elementary to high school students in Bent, Crowley and Otero counties who have been adjudicated as truant and for whom and Order to Compel Attendance at school has been entered. M.A.P. currently has 16 active participants and has graduated 29 participants from the program since inception. In 2014, the overall use of detention in truancy cases decreased by 9 percent from 2013 as a result of the M.A.P. program.  

               In addition to court and probation staff, program partners with the truancy court include school administrators, and representatives from Tri-County Family Care Center, Southeast Health Group, CBR Youth Connect and the Department of Human Services,

               I.T.C.’s mission statement is “To empower participants to choose a law abiding, drug-free way of life.” I.T.C. was launched in February 2009, currently has 8 participants and has graduated 18 participants from the program.

               In addition to court and probation staff, program partners for the adult drug court include representatives from Southeast Health Group, Partnership for Progress, RESADA, law enforcement, Workforce Center, District Attorney’s Office and local defense bar.

The M.A.P. and I.T.C. court programs are two of about 80 problem-solving courts in 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.

 

Editor’s Note: Photography of court participants will only be permitted if the court participant agrees to be photographed and identified. 

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