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From: Todd Loggan,, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4562

12-18-17

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Adult Drug Court Graduation

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 overburdened criminal justice system in Clackamas County, which has the largest number of case filings per judge in the state. It has been estimated by the Clackamas County Sheriff that 70% of all those arrested were abusing alcohol or other drugs. 80% of Clackamas County inmates actively 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, thus working to reduce crime from its source of origination. 

The Drug Courts interagency team is comprised of the State Court, Clackamas County Mental Health, the District Attorneys’ Office, local defense attorneys, Clackamas County Corrections and other local partners. Drug Court efficiently uses existing resources to monitor, support, and treat its’ participants.

Participants attend the program on an average of twenty months. Participants 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.

Six participants are graduating on Jan. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Willamette Falls Community Center. Each participant will be given an opportunity to share information about the changes in their life and the work it took for them to arrive at this momentous achievement. Judge Kathie Steele will make presentations to each of the graduates and share her thoughts on their progress.  Refreshments will follow the graduation.

Clackamas County Adult Drug Court Graduation
Willamette Falls Community Center
519 15th St. Oregon City, OR  97045
January 22, 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Dawn Haskett, Treatment Court Coordinator at dawn.j.haskett@ojd.state.or.us or 503-655-8495.


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