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DHS news advisory


May 9, 2005         


Contacts: Joseph Garcia (541) 957-2441, Oregon Association of Drug Court Professionals

Jim Sellers, DHS (503) 945-5738

Court contact: Judge Dennis Graves (503) 585-4939


Marion County's drug court to hold session at State Capitol

Story: Drug courts are a proven means to help alcoholics and addicts get into recovery, promote public safety, reduce recidivism and save taxpayer dollars. To highlight drug courts' work, the Marion County Drug Court will hold a session at the State Capitol on Friday, May 13.


When: Friday, May 13, beginning at 10 a.m. Court sessions typically run 90 minutes to two hours.


Where: Room 50, Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St., N.E., Salem.


Who: Judge Dennis Graves will preside at the weekly court session, ordinarily held Friday mornings in the Marion County Courthouse. Before the court session starts, Lane County Judge Darryl Larson and Marion County DA Walt Beglau will make brief remarks, and Graves will graduate two court participants. Drug Court team members and graduates from across the state are expected to be available for interview.


Photography: Will be permitted.


Detail: Participation in drug court provides substance-abusing offenders with alcohol and drug treatment and ongoing strict accountability to the court. Completion of this highly structured program is far more rigorous than standard probation after conviction.


Oregon has 30 drug courts, including 19 adult, nine juvenile and two family treatment courts. In Multnomah County, the nation’s second-oldest drug court, independent research showed a savings of $5,071.57 per participant in total cost and investment over a 30-month period. Data from 2001-2003 show that 89 percent of Oregon drug court graduates had no new charges in the year after graduating.