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Terri Bolling  
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Media Advisory
Howard County District Court Offers a “Day in the Life” View of Problem-Solving Court

(ELLICOTT CITY, Md. – Sept. 30, 2011) On Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Howard County District Court is inviting state and local elected officials, business and community leaders, and members of the media to see a problem-solving court in action and discuss the program’s role in the community.

Problem-solving courts respond to the underlying problems that bring defendants into court—drug or alcohol addiction, mental illness, and/or family or personal issues. Howard County District Court Drug/DUI Treatment Court’s rigorous program combines ongoing judicial oversight with drug and/or alcohol testing, intensive treatment services and supervision. Participation in the program is voluntary. National research shows drug courts are successful and cost-effective for dealing with drug-addicted offenders in the criminal justice system.

WHAT: Drug/DUI Treatment Court Ride-Along for Howard County
   
WHO: Judge Neil Axel, Howard County District Court, presiding
   
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 5
9:05 a.m. Meet Bobbie Fine, drug/DUI court coordinator, in lobby and attend pre-court team meeting
10:30 a.m. Adult Drug/DUI Treatment Court session
1 p.m. Pre-court team meeting
2:30 p.m. Adult Drug/DUI Treatment Court session

Wednesday, Oct. 19
9:05 a.m. Meet Bobbie Fine, drug/DUI court coordinator, in lobby and attend pre-court team meeting
10:30 a.m. Adult Drug/DUI Treatment Court session
1 p.m. Pre-court team meeting
2:30 p.m. Adult Drug/DUI Treatment Court session
   
WHERE: Howard County District Court
3451 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City, Md. 21043
   
CONTACT: Call Bobbie Fine, Esq., drug/DUI court coordinator, 410-480-7730, to attend (and to discuss the use of cameras and/or electronic devices)

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