Update on the Center for HOPE

The PreTrial Drug Diversion Program through the Center for HOPE is continuing to progress well.  According to Executive Director Dr. Denny Whitesel, there has only been one participant who has failed to successfully complete the program.  So far, there have been 35 active participants.  Of that number, 22 have graduated and 12 are currently active in the program.  Part of the success of the program is due to aftercare follow-up.  Of the graduates who successfully completed the program, four have either completed or are working towards completion of their GED; two have returned to study for advanced degrees and all are either in full or part time employment.  Furthermore, from a criminal justice system perspective, the most important finding from the information currently available is that there have been no participants who have re-offended.

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