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Two graduate from DUII treatment


Two participants in the Clackamas County DUII treatment court are graduating Feb. 3. The ceremony will be held at the Clackamas County Courthouse in Oregon City at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a reception. Each participant will be given an opportunity to speak on the changes in their life and the work it took, for them to arrive at this momentous achievement.

Clackamas County Circuit Judge Susie Norby will present each of the graduates and share her thoughts on their progress.

Participants attend the program on average slightly less than 17 months. They are required to complete a treatment regime, appear before the Judge at regular intervals, use self-support meetings and organizations, complete a General Education Development degree if they have not received a high school diploma or previous GED, and they must be employed before applying for graduation.

The goal of the Clackamas County DUII court is to provide an opportunity for offenders to return to society as constructive, participating and safe citizens. The program currently has 18 participants and 122 graduates.

Clackamas County DUII treatment court works to reduce alcohol-related crimes and provide the opportunity for participants to create significant changes in their lives. The DUII treatment court was founded in June 2006. The most critical DUII offenders are eligible for this program. Those entering the program will have had at least two lifetime DUIIs, but most who enter have three or more.

Potential participants also include offenders who are on probation for DUII and are being charged with a probation violation. The DUII court’s interagency team is composed of the state court, various treatment partners, the district attorney’s office, local defense attorneys, and the Department of Corrections.