Five men graduate County Treatment Courts

   PAW PAW -  On Friday, July 7  five men graduated from the Van Buren County Drug/Family Treatment Court program.
   The Honorable Kathleen Brickley presided at the hearing in Courtroom 4, sharing about the transformation that has occurred in each of the graduate's lives.
   All five graduates are recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, with several of them avoiding jail or prison, due to the treatment courts existence.
   Treatment Courts offer community supervision and treatment to addicts who have committed non-violent crimes in lieu of costly and ineffective traditional sentencing options. Drug/Family.
   Treatment Courts are effective in reducing recidivism, reducing costs to taxpayers, preserving families, and improving quality of life for our participants, according to a press release from Rachel Lindley, Van Buren County Speciality Courts Administrator.
   Lindley cited for example,  88 percent of DTC graduates and 100 percent of FTC graduates improved their employment or education status while enrolled in the program.

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