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Seven felony DUI court participants crossed the finish line to graduate from the rigorous program. The graduates discussed what helped them during their three-year (plus) journey and their after-care plan to ensure they continue their quest for life-long recovery. Family members came to show support and celebrate with cupcakes, certificates and photos. Two of the graduates who initially resisted the program, spoke about how they now realize it saved their lives. It was a sentiment share by all those who successfully completed the program and graduate.

“These graduations are very important,” said Judge Adriana Escobar, who presides over the felony DUI court. “Successful completion of this program is positive for the graduates, our community public safety and for the justice system. A tremendous amount of resources and money are saved by not having these participants revolving through the prison system.”

The felony DUI court is one of several specialty courts including: veterans’ court, mental health court, the OPEN program, drug court and dependency mothers’ drug court that have been proven to be a successful way to get people off substance abuse and on track to productive lives.

Specialty courts solve issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, Parole and Probation, law enforcement and mental health/social service/treatment professionals. All work together to help participants recover, live crime-free and become productive citizens. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals reports: “nationwide, 75 percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program. Drug courts reduce crime as much as 35 percent more than other sentencing options.”

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DSC_0834Stop DUI Uses memoriam Donation from R&R Partners CEO to provide 20 new clubs to keep chronic DUI offenders off roads while in rehabilitation program

The Eighth Judicial District Court felony DUI program has had great success and accomplished much to get people’s lives on track, preserve families and control prison population. That success doesn’t happen overnight. It happens over years of intensive counseling. During that time, measures are taken to keep DUI court participants from reoffending. Ignition interlock devices are installed on participant vehicles. The devices require a passing breathalyzer of sorts prior to starting the vehicle. Ignition interlock devices are expensive, so Clubs are used to secure other vehicles that DUI court participants may have access to.

Stop DUI recently provided 20 Clubs to the felony DUI program. The Clubs had special meaning. They were donated to honor the memory of Marie Manendo, the mother of State Senator Mark Manendo. The Senator has sponsored DUI and crime victim rights legislation in the Nevada Legislature.
When his mother passed away, Senator Manendo requested that memorial contributions be donated to Stop DUI. One such contribution from Billy Vassiliadis and R&R Partners, went to purchase the 20 clubs in memory of Marie. “The Clubs are a quick measure to prevent drunk driving and have a direct and immediate impact on saving lives,” said Sandy Heverly, the co-founder and executive director of Stop DUI.

The Felony DUI Program has 445 participants in various stages of the three to five-year intensive treatment program. The Club steering wheel locks are used to secure their vehicles to prevent them from driving until they get an interlocking breath device on their vehicles. Clubs are also used to lock any vehicle where they reside that doesn’t have an ignition interlock device. A lot of Clubs are needed to secure the vehicles around that many participants. At an average cost of about $40, it gets expensive. That’s why the donation of the 20 Clubs is so appreciated.

Participants in the Felony DUI Program have three or more DUI’s in seven years and have to meet the diagnostic criterion for a substance use disorder. The Felony DUI Program is one of several District Court specialty court programs that save lives and tax dollars by solving issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service and treatment communities.

Sandy Heverly, the co-founder and executive director of Stop DUI, describes the organization as: “a Nevada grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the violent crime of driving under the influence and assisting the victims of this crime.” Visit http://www.stopdui.org for more information on the program.

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Preventing DUI’s saves lives. That’s why the latest donation of 10 clubs by the Stop DUI program to the District Court Felony DUI Program is so important. Those going through Felony DUI Program treatment are prohibited from driving a vehicle without a breath interlock device. The Clubs are used as part of a strategy to keep them from driving vehicles without the interlock device. Putting a Club on a participant’s vehicle without the interlock device is a way to reduce the potential for a DUI re-offense in the event of a relapse. The Felony DUI Program has 445 participants in various stages of the three to five-year intensive treatment program. A lot of Clubs are needed to secure the vehicles around that many participants.
The Felony DUI Program is one of several District Court specialty court programs that save lives and tax dollars by solving issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service and treatment communities. Participants in the Felony DUI Program have a pending Felony DUI charge within a seven- year period and have to meet the diagnostic criterion for a substance use disorder. Judge Linda Marie Bell presides over the adult specialty courts program.
Sandy Heverly, the co-founder and executive director of Stop DUI, describes the organization as: “a Nevada grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the violent crime of driving under the influence and assisting the victims of this crime.” Visit http://www.stopdui.org for more information on the program.
The specialty courts are a great example of how the Eighth Judicial District Court is using alternative, efficient methods to address crime and ensure justice. District Court continuously works to develop innovative ideas, improve efficiencies, address issues and improve access to justice. For more information about the courts, please visit our website at clarkcountycourts.us.

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