Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court Graduation

Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court Graduation

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court celebrated the graduation of Samuel Petersen at the Saline County Courthouse in Wilber on August 8, 2022. Judges David Bargen (current Drug Court Judge), Vicky Johnson (retired Drug Court Judge), and Rick Schreiner (interim Drug Court Judge) presided over the ceremony.

The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability for Drug Court graduates. Drug Court is a minimum 20-month program where participants learn the skills to live a successful life free from drugs and alcohol.

Pictured are (from left to right): Judge David Bargen, Graduate Samuel Petersen, Judge Rick Schreiner, and Judge Vicky Johnson.

Adult Drug Courts are an alternate route through the criminal justice system for nonviolent drug-related offenders, utilizing a specialized team process that functions within the existing court structure. The courts are designed to reduce recidivism and substance use among individuals with substance use disorders. In addition, the court aims 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:

Chris Reece, Drug Court Coordinator
Phone: 402-821-711411         Email: christina.reece@nebraska.gov