Weekly Media Round-Up 11.12.13 from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals


All Rise Weekly Media Round-Up

NADCP’s communication team is pleased to provide you with a closer look at the widespread impact of Drug Courts and other treatment courts. Below is a sample of last week’s media stories from around the nation.

Adult Drug Court

When It Comes To Eric Holder’s ‘Smart On Crime’ Push, Good Ideas Aren’t Partisan — Or Even His – Philadelphia, PA

When Attorney General Eric Holder set out to reform the Justice Department’s approach to certain types of crime, he didn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Instead, he’s highlighting programs launched by top federal prosecutors around the country, including one that began under a now-Republican congressman who just last year voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress.

Northern Hills Drug Court graduation celebrates program’s success – Meade County, SD

Governor Dennis Daugaard congratulated the graduates, and told the standing room only crowd at the Meade County Courthouse that they have much to celebrate. “The four of you have proven you have the ability to turn your lives around and stay clean,” he said. The governor said while Tuesday was a graduation because they had completed the program, it was also a commencement.

Hope Kiwanis lends a hand to clean up Hope – Nevada County, NV

The Hope Kiwanis Club recently participated in the Adopt-A-Highway clean up program with the help of participants from Drug Court. The community service project had the participants picking up trash along North Hervey from Avenue B to the Veterans Memorial Bridge over I-30. The Adopt-A-Highway program is just one of the many community service projects supported by the Hope Hope Kiwanis Club throughout the year.

Veterans Treatment Court

NC’s first court for veterans opens in Harnett County; governor pledges to expand program – Lillington, NC

Veterans who get in trouble with the law in Harnett County now have a special Veterans Treatment Court that will take into account their military backgrounds and unique problems. The Harnett County veterans court is the first of its kind in the state. It will operate similar to drug treatment courts and sobriety courts established in some counties. Those courts defer punishments, such as jail time, for misdemeanors so long as the defendants comply with programs to treat their underlying issues connected to criminal misconduct.

Veterans court helped graduate attain sobriety – Clark County, NV

“I don’t even look like that anymore,” Orteza chided as he accepted a certificate marking the U.S. Navy veteran’s graduation from Clark County’s Specialty Courts. Orteza was one of two men who graduated Friday from the Eighth Judicial District’s year-old veteran’s specialty court, which aims to keep nonviolent offenders from rotating in and out of the Clark County Detention Center. It provides guidance and treatment to prevent defendants from re-offending, saving tax dollars.

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