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21st District Recovery Court Board of Directors to host Annual Community Breakfast on Oct. 29


21st District Recovery Court Board of Directors to host Annual Community Breakfast on Oct. 29

PHOTO: Jeff Moseley, the 21st District Recovery Court board president and event chair asked for donations with his wife, Helen, at the 2018 Eat the Street food truck festival to benefit the court. / Brooke Wanser

The 21st District Recovery Court Board of Directors will host their 8th Annual Community Breakfast on Monday, October 29th, 2018 from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., at Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in Franklin.

The breakfast is a fundraiser that supports the 21st District Recovery Court, which is an alternative sentencing program in the 21st Judicial District of Williamson, Hickman, Perry and Lewis Counties. The program affords local non-violent offenders with addiction issues the opportunity to complete an extensive two-year, court supervised program in lieu of and/or in addition to traditional sentencing that enables them to receive the treatment and skills training necessary to become productive members of society.

Recovery Court (formerly Drug Court) was created back in 2002 when courts were seeing repeat offenders for violation of probation rules stemming from drug and alcohol abuse. With the collaboration of Judge Tim Easter, Judge Don Harris and Attorney Gayle Moyer-Harris, a 501(c)(3) was approved and 21st District Recovery Court began accepting participants in August of 2002.

Moyer-Harris was the first Recovery Court Coordinator and will be honored at the breakfast.

The Recovery Court program is not an easy way out. In addition to other criteria, the court will only consider applicants demonstrating a genuine desire to confront their addictions Participants must undergo rigorous treatment, intensive monitoring and develop new habits for successful living. They must also pay participation fees and costs associated with their treatment.

The nation is facing a severe opioid crisis along with many issues relating to drug, alcohol and substance abuse.  These issues have no boundaries and no respect of persons. At the local level, according to local law enforcement professionals, the vast majority of crime committed in our community is drug or alcohol related.

The 21st District Recovery Court program has proven effective in reducing the revolving door of drug-related crime as well as reducing the cost to taxpayers. Recovery Court spends about $8000 per participant annually compared to more than 30,000 to incarcerate each offender for a year. While each successful participant saves the county money, the program does not receive taxpayer funding from the counties.

The 21st District Recovery Court is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and funded primary through grants and private donations. The breakfast is one of two fundraisers held annually to support the program.  Two graduates of the Court will share their experiences and success with the program at the breakfast. Those who would like to support but cannot attend the breakfast may send donations to 21st Recovery Court, 370 Natchez St, Franklin, TN  37064. For more information, please contact the 21st Recovery Court office at 615-595-7868 or go to website info@21stdc.org.

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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