Cass County courts held in high esteemPublished 5:41pm Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals’ All Rise America! On the Road for Recovery stops in Cassopolis May 21.
NADCP only makes 26 stops in the entire country along a 3,500-mile route from California to New York City, which shows the esteem in which the county’s judiciary is held.
As County Administrator Louis Csokasy told more than 75 officials at the 22nd Intergovernmental Forum April 30 at Dowagiac Middle School Performing Arts Center, “Our court system remains a leader in the state.”
Cass County was selected to host this special event from 1 to 3 p.m. because of its incredible success transforming the lives of seriously addicted individuals within the criminal justice system.
This event will honor individuals who have successfully completed this intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision and full accountability.
Judge Susan Dobrich of Dowagiac, inducted into Edwardsburg Public Schools’ Hall of Fame last weekend for a lifetime of achievement, spearheaded the drug court movement in Cass County, founding Family Treatment Court in 2004.
Judge Stacey Rentfrow, upon her election to District Court created Sobriety and Adult Treatment Courts.
Circuit Judge Michael E. Dodge completed the continuum of care by starting Swift and Sure Treatment Court.
All Rise America! RV will be escorted to the courthouse by Cass County motorcyclists to kick off celebration of National Drug Court Month.
Speakers will include program graduates who successfully completed an intensive program, local officials and treatment staff.
Members of the community are invited to sign the All Rise America! RV in support of drug courts.
After Cass County’s celebration, the All Rise America! RV will connect with the second annual Motorcycle Relay for Recovery.
Currently there are more than 2,700 Drug Courts in the United States.
Drug Courts combine rigorous drug treatment and accountability to compel and support drug-using offenders to change their lives.
Over 75 percent of people who complete Drug Court are never arrested again.
Drug Courts save up to $13,000 for every individual they serve.
Drug Courts refer more people to treatment than any other system in America, annually leading more than 80,000 individuals to a life of abstinence and long-term recovery.
Drug Courts demonstrate we can reduce substance abuse, crime and save money, by offering treatment instead of incarceration for those suffering with addiction.
All Rise America! reminds us all that when one person rises out of addiction and finds recovery, we all rise.