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Clackamas County holds adult drug court graduation Monday, Oct. 28

Three participants of the Clackamas County Adult Drug Treatment Court will graduate Monday, Oct. 28, at 1:30 p.m. on the Providence Willamette Falls Community Center Campus in Oregon City.

Participants will be given opportunities to speak on the changes in their lives and the work it took for them to arrive at this point.

Clackamas County Adult Drug Court works to reduce drug-related crime and provide the opportunity for the participants to create significant change in their own lives. Initially the program was designed to address the criminal justice system in Clackamas County, which has the largest number of case filings per judge in the state.

Fifty-three participants and 142 graduates are in the program. The program is designed to help individuals build a good recovery program plan to stay clean and sober in order to not reoffend, as well as making the community safer and stronger.

Estimates state that 70 percent of all those arrested were abusing alcohol or other drugs. Eighty percent of Clackamas County inmates abused alcohol or other drugs at the time of their incarceration. Drug court targets those individuals whose substance use appears to instigate their criminal behavior, working to reduce crime from its origin.

Participants attend the program on average less than 17 months. They are required to participate and complete a treatment regime, appear before the judge at regular intervals, utilize self-support meetings and organizations, complete a GED if they have not received a diploma or previous GED, and be employed a minimum of 32 hours weekly before they may apply for graduation.

The ultimate goal of the Clackamas County Adult Drug Court is to provide an opportunity for offenders to return to society as constructive participating citizens.

The Providence Willamette Falls Community Center Campus is located at 519 15th Street in Oregon City.

For more information, contact Dawn Haskett, treatment court coordinator, at 503-655-8495.

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