Two Graduate from Problem-Solving Court in Merrick County

Two Graduate from Problem-Solving Court in Merrick County

A Problem-Solving Court graduation was held for Hugh Riley and Abbigail Galles at the Merrick County Courthouse on April 1, 2024. Judge Rachel A. Daugherty presided. In attendance were District 5 probation staff, friends, and family.

A Problem-Solving Court graduation is a significant occasion where past and current problem-solving court participants come together to share their triumphs and challenges faced throughout their involvement in the program. It serves as a time to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of individuals like Riley and Galles. Graduate Hugh Riley stated, “Thank you for not giving up on me and allowing me this opportunity.” 

Problem-Solving Courts are an alternate route through the criminal justice system for nonviolent drug-related offenders, which utilizes a specialized team process that functions within the existing court structure. The courts are designed to achieve a reduction in recidivism and substance use among individuals with substance use disorders. The court’s goal is to protect public safety and increase the participant’s likelihood of successful rehabilitation by utilizing validated risk and need assessments, early and individualized behavioral health treatment, frequent and random chemical testing, incentives, sanctions, and other rehabilitative and ancillary services.

For additional information, please contact Morgan Campbell, Problem-Solving Court Coordinator, 402-362-6540.  

Pictured are Probation Officer Kyle Hohnholt, graduates Hugh Riley and Abbigail Galles, and Judge Rachel Daugherty.