From: Dylan Blaylock, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-5917
Six Clackamas County DUII Treatment Court participants are graduating on April 4 at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City. Media are welcome to attend.
The court works to reduce alcohol-related crime and provide individuals with the opportunity to create significant change in their own lives. Founded in 2006, the DUII Treatment Court allows for people with at least two lifetime DUIIs (Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants) to participate and complete a treatment regime, appear before a judge at regular intervals, utilize self-support meetings and organizations, complete a General Education Development (GED) if they have not received a diploma, and be employed before they may apply for graduation.
The ultimate goal of the court is to provide an opportunity for offenders to return to society as constructive, participating and safe citizens. The program currently has 21 participants and 139 graduates.
Participants attend the program for slightly less than seventeen months on average. Each graduate will have the opportunity to talk about the changes in their life and the work it took for them to graduate. The graduation will be followed by a reception.
Clackamas County Courthouse is located at 807 Main Street in Oregon City. The event will take place in Room #3 at 10 a.m.
For more information, members of the media may contact Treatment Court Coordinator Dawn Haskett at 503-655-8495.