Commencement Ceremony for 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court Set for February 12, 2018

Commencement Ceremony for 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court Set for February 12, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court serving York County will hold its graduation ceremony and celebration on February 12, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the York County District Courtroom, 510 N Lincoln Ave., York, Nebraska.

For Drug Court graduates, the ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability. Presiding Problem-Solving Court Judge James Stecker will host the ceremony and will deliver the keynote address. Drug Court is a minimum 18-month program where participants learn the skills to live a successful life free from drugs and alcohol.

According to Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Problem-Solving Courts Chair, Judge Jim Doyle of Lexington, “Nebraska’s Drug and Problem-Solving Courts have saved thousands of tax dollars, and the individuals served in the courts who have followed the programs have changed their lives and the lives of their loved ones for the better.” Doyle continued, “The previous philosophy of incarceration for all offenders has been replaced by community-based treatment programs that cause people to change the way they think and that requires people to be accountable for their actions without imprisonment.”

The 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court, like other Nebraska Problem-Solving Courts, operates under a team approach where a judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, community supervision officer, law enforcement, and treatment provider work together to design an individualized program. Compliance with treatment and court orders is verified by frequent alcohol and drug testing, close community supervision, and interaction with a judge during non-adversarial court review hearings. Problem-Solving Courts enhance close monitoring of participants using home and field visits.

Local Contact: Abbie Dishong, 5th Judicial District Problem-Solving Court Coordinator, 402-362-6540   

State Contact: Adam Jorgensen, Statewide Problem-Solving Court Coordinator, Nebraska Supreme Court, 402-471-4415 or 402-219-4297 (cell)