June 26, 2019

Jefferson County to Graduate Largest Class Yet from its Recovery Court

The Jefferson County Recovery Court marks a milestone on Friday, August 12, 2011 when three participants are scheduled to graduate from the program, its largest graduation yet since beginning two years ago.

Four classes have graduated so far from the Recovery Court, which is essentially a Drug Court (similar to adult drug courts found in about twenty other counties around the state) but with the addition of a restorative justice component. Participants must complete an eighteen-month intensive-treatment program that includes probation supervision, in-court review hearings, substantial judicial oversight, and full accountability by the Recovery Court participant.

Unlike many other drug court programs, however, the Jefferson County Recovery Court requires each participant to create a restorative justice program as part of his or her treatment plan. Participants design and carry out community-service projects intended to repair some of the harm they have caused through their drug use and previous criminal behavior.

Friday’s graduates developed and implemented the following court-approved projects:

  • Creation of a menu and assistance with food preparation plans and service at the Denver Rescue Mission
  • Organization of a food-donation program involving a Honey Baked Ham store to benefit local shelters
  • Volunteer work at the Aspen Center for Women.

The graduation hearing will be held at the Jefferson County Combined Courts, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Courtroom 5C, beginning at noon.

The Jefferson County Recovery Court is one of more than sixty problem-solving courts operating in seventeen of Colorado’s twenty-two 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, a veteran trauma court, and truancy courts.

Click here to read the full press release from State Judicial.

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