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Judge announces graduation in honor of National Drug Court Month

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 24, 2017 12:00 AM

AKRON -- Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joy Malek Oldfield sponsored a Turning Point Drug Court graduation ceremony in honor of National Drug Court Month on May 22 in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

Five Turning Point participants graduated at this event.

Turning Point is a judicially supervised court docket that reduces correctional costs, protects community safety and improves public welfare. Turning Point participants must meet their obligations to themselves, their families and society. To ensure accountability, they are regularly and randomly tested for drug use, required to appear frequently in court for review of their progress, rewarded for doing well and sanctioned for not living up to their obligations.

At the end of their successful completion, participants took part in a graduation ceremony as their last status hearing in court.

Turning Point was developed from Summit County Felony Drug Court which started in 2002. It is a collaborative program of the Summit County Common Pleas Court, Oriana House, Inc., the Summit County Prosecutor's Office, the Summit County Executive's Office, and local police departments.

For details, call Ronya Habash at 330-643-7844.

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