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Graduates Honored at Drug Court Commencement Ceremony


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JEFFERSON_The Drug Court Commencement Ceremony honored 10 graduates of the Ashtabula County Drug Court program Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Jefferson Area High School in Jefferson.

Judges, law enforcement, family and friends applauded the efforts of 10 graduates Thursday during the  ceremony. Matt Butler, clinical supervisor at Community Counseling Center, did the introduction and Common Pleas Judge Gary Yost welcomed visitors and graduates to the ceremony. Yost oversees the drug court program and works with Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci.

March 2017 Drug Court graduate Benjamin Sedmak was the guest speaker.

The graduates are Kelsie Blankenship, Dawn Henry, Daniel Nines,Stephanie Brunty-Morales, Aaron Prince, Terry Hamm, Brandon Arnold, Tyler Johnson, Patrick Tutolo and David Roosa.

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The graduates left to right, Stephanie Brunty-Morales, Aaron Prince, Kelsie Blankenship, Brandon Arnold, David Roosa, Terry Hamm, Dawn Henry, Tyler Johnson and Daniel Nines. Absent is Patrick Tutolo.










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The Ashtabula County Drug Court Program is a program for persons who qualify for specialized programming as part of a diversion program or as a condition of community control supervision. The primary function of the DCP is to ensure that participants live a drug-free life. The Judge, treatment staff and the probation department monitor the progress of the participants.The DCP Judge, County Prosecutor, County Public Defender, Adult Probation, Lake Area Recovery Center and the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program have all agreed to the terms and conditions of the ACDCP.
The DCP serves Ashtabula County residents who suffer from a drug and/or alcohol dependency that has contributed to the commission of a charged offense, and who require more intense court-monitored treatment in order to enhance their ability to lead a law-abiding life.

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