Henderson Municipal Court Recognizes Graduates from A.B.C. Drug Court
August 22, 2013
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Henderson, Nev. – Judge Douglas Hedger and the Henderson Municipal Court recently held a graduation ceremony for three graduates of the Assistance in Breaking the Cycle (A.B.C.) Drug Court. A total of 24 graduates have completed the program since its inception in 2008.
Judge Hedger developed the A.B.C. Court after seeing the rising trend of repeat offenders appearing in his court. He found that most of the city’s misdemeanor crimes by repeat offenders are related to long-term drug and alcohol addictions, as well as mental health issues. The program focuses on these underlying issues and provides resources to enable successful compliance.
“These participants are defendants who are at the end of the line with leniency,” says Judge Hedger. “They are facing up to the maximum six months in jail, or they can enter and complete the A.B.C. Court program.”
Participants will undergo court-ordered counseling, drug testing, court appearances and a requirement of daily contact with a case manager. They live in a court mandated sober-living environment and are required to obtain job skills and conduct daily job searches until they find employment. If they complete the program, their lives are changed. If however, they fail the program, they receive the maximum jail sentence.
Since the program’s inception, the majority of graduates have remained crime free and out of the Henderson criminal justice system. By rehabilitating offenders, the program helps them stop their criminal activity, which, for many, has been ongoing for a decade or more.
“These successes are not only benefitting the individuals who change their lives, the citizens of Henderson also receive huge benefits,” says Hedger. “The streets of Henderson are safer, and the high costs for incarceration are eliminated. It’s a win/win situation.”
Several organizations have partnered with the Henderson Municipal Court to assist in making the A.B.C. Court a success. These organizations include Freedom House, the City of Henderson’s Deputy City Attorney’s Office, the City of Henderson’s Public Defenders’ Office, the City of Henderson Department of Alternative Sentencing, Community Counseling Center, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Touro University Nevada and numerous local businesses and professionals.
The City of Henderson Municipal Court offers two other specialty courts: Life of Crime and Veteran’s Treatment Court. More information is available at cityofhenderson.com.
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About City of Henderson: Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 270,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Celebrating the city’s 60th anniversary in 2013, Henderson has been recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY: 2012, 2008, 2006), one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), and the Second Safest City in America (Forbes). Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who chose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.
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