Twenty-eight Eighth Judicial District specialty court participants completed their treatment successfully, graduated in March and are getting their lives on track. The graduates were individually recognized by their presiding judge with a certificate of completion, a special reminder token and cake. A veterans’ court graduate received a Quilt of Valor, specially made by the Quilts of Valor non-profit organization.
Judges Linda Bell and Carolyn Ellsworth who presided over the graduates’ cases, offered praise and words of encouragements as the grads move on down the road to recovery.
Specialty courts, solve issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, Parole and Probation, law enforcement and mental health/social service/treatment professionals. All work together to help participants recover, live crime-free and become productive citizens.