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Angelita Plemmer
Terri Bolling

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Media Advisory
Charles County Circuit Court Offers a “Day in the Life” View of Problem-Solving Courts

(LA PLATA, Md.Sept. 30, 2011) On Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Oct. 14, the Charles County Circuit Court is inviting state and local elected officials, business and community leaders, and members of the media to see its problem-solving courts in action and discuss the program’s role in the community.

Problem-solving courts respond to the underlying problems that bring certain people into court—drug or alcohol addiction, mental illness, and/or family or personal issues. Charles County Circuit Court’s rigorous programs combine ongoing judicial oversight with intensive treatment and supervision. Participation in either program is voluntary. The programs identify appropriate persons and place them under ongoing judicial monitoring, drug and/or alcohol testing and community supervision, coupled with effective, long-term treatment services. National research shows drug courts are successful and cost effective for dealing with drug-addicted offenders in the criminal justice system.


Charles County Circuit Court’s “Judicial Ride-Along” to sit in on its problem-solving courts

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) Ride-Along
1:30 p.m. Check in (light refreshments)
2 p.m. Sample the pre-court staff meeting
2:30 p.m. View the Juvenile Drug Court session

Friday, Oct. 14 – Family Recovery Court (FRC) Ride-Along
1:30 p.m. Check in (light refreshments)
2 p.m. Sample the pre-court staff meeting
3:30 p.m. View the Family Recovery Court session


Douglas C. Cooley, Master of Juvenile Causes, for JDC Ride-Along
Judge Helen I. Harrington, Judge of the Circuit Court, for FRC Ride-Along


Charles County Circuit Court
200 Charles St.
La Plata, Md. 20646


Call Maryellen Kraese, Drug Court Coordinator, 301-932-3333, to attend (and to discuss the use of cameras and/or electronic devices)

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