12 Jun 2017

Transforming Lives Across The Pond

Posted by Judge Denise Bradley

Recently, the Tuesday STAR Drug Court docket was happy to welcome Jenny Earle, Program Director of the UK Prison Reform Trust Program, joining us for staffing and docket proceedings. She traveled all the way from the United Kingdom to see the STAR drug court in action, and to gather ideas for her program that focuses on reducing women's imprisonment. She chose STAR Drug Court because it is cited as "a model of criminal justice innovation" and a true "problem-solving court," stated Ms. Earle.

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29 May 2017

December STAR Graduates

Posted by Mary Covington

In December, five STAR Drug Court clients received early holiday gifts by graduating from the program. A standing-room-only crowd of family and friends, court dignitaries, STAR Court staff, employers, treatment providers and more, witnessed these five outstanding people don their caps and gowns, and receive their certification of completion of their treatment phase of the program. They were: Emily A, Pamela M, Jennifer R, Rima S, and Cecily M.

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15 May 2017

Cougars In Recovery

Posted by Mary Covington

Cougars in Recovery, known as CIR, celebrated their third annual celebration breakfast on December 7, 2016 to recognize the organization's efforts over the past year, as well as to honor the undergraduate and graduate students between now and May 2017.

In addition to the students, faculty, program administrators and family members that were in attendance, the criminal justice program was represented by Keith Liles, Program Manager & Clinical Director of STAR Drug Court, and Laura McCarty, Veterans Court Program Coordinator.

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01 May 2017

The Importance of Transitional Housing For Addiction Recovery

Posted by Mary Covington

In order for a drug defendant to successfully break free from the grips of addiction, they must be given the opportunity and tools to achieve sobriety and maintain it.  For many, a major hurdle in conquering addiction is not having a safe place to pursue drug recovery without being exposed to the temptations, trauma, or harmful relationships that lead them to drugs in the first place.

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