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'No Repeat Customers' Lubbock Drug Court Transforms Lives

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'No Repeat Customers' Lubbock Drug Court Transforms Lives

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http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6881950?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:00:02 +0000 'No Repeat Customers' Lubbock Drug Court Transforms Lives 'No Repeat Customers' Lubbock Drug Court Transforms Lives http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6881950?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KAMC that can happen, and at that moment it is, for a lot of these people it is the first step into getting into drug court and getting their lives back together. natasha sperling/drug court graduate a stint on probation, in prison, and several rehabs, and // miserable, you know? drugs are very bad lauren that woman-- and others-- hoping you can learn from their choices. it's all part of the lubbock county drug court. lauren good evening, i'm lauren matter. bryan i'm bryan mudd. it's a special program meant to help turn around the lives of drug offenders.. rather than just focusing on punishment for their crime. kamc's 'wes rapaport' is here with part one.. of a special two-part series on lubbock's drug court system. [a06]wes intro wes one of the people you're about to meet has not has an easy go at life... some of the reasons are her own fault... but thanks to this specialty program-- which was brought to lubbock several years ago-- she's turning her life around... natasha sperling/drug court graduate i've been doing methamphetamine since i was 15 years old. and i've continued on a road of drugs and crime all this time. that life of crime sent natasha sperling into a tailspin... a rap-sheet she is not proud of-- including burglary-- drug possession with intent to manufacture-- and making a terroristic threat... natasha sperling/drug court graduate started marijuana and cocaine and alcohol, and whenever i was 16 i started using methamphetamine intravaneously, and when i was 17 i got busted for manufacturing a stint on probation, in prison, and several rehabs, that was before she started drug court... steve henderson/director, adult probation department for lubbock county 146g430301.mp4 14:16:38;06 the number one goal is to not have repeat customers. steve henderson helped bring the program to lubbock more than a decade ago... steve henderson/director, adult probation department for lubbock county we want them to get clean and sober and to never have to face the legal system again. we want them to have successful lives. he says the program includes counseling, classes, therapy, court sessions, and more... steve henderson/director, adult probation department for lubbock county substance abuse addiction is an extremely difficult thing to kick. so we hit it from every angle possible. judge ruben reyes/presiding judge of lubbock county adult drug court program it's a tough thing they've got to deal with and we have to provide the resources and the support to help them get over that. judge ruben reyes says-- think treatment with legal accountability... by day, reyes is the district judge for lubbock 72nd district court... but thursday afternoons-- he presides over drug court... judge ruben reyes/presiding judge of lubbock county adult drug court program because let me tell you this. drugs don't discriminate. don't care whether you are young or old, white, black, brown, whether you are educated or uneducated whether you were raised on a certain part of our town or not. drugs don't care. reyes says what means the most to him and his team-- is seeing families reunite-- and people get back on their feet... judge ruben reyes/presiding judge of lubbock county adult drug court program every time i speak on them, i tell them- we have the statistics which show success of these programs. texas being tough on crime is a good thing, but we need to be smart on crime. he says 78 percent of grads got or kept a job... 21 percent received a high school diploma or g-e-d... 12 percent enrolled in college... and 14 percent enrolled in vocational training... and their success saves money for taxpayers... reyes says texans save at least 22 grand a year for every person not in prison... judge ruben reyes/presiding judge of lubbock county adult drug court program instead their going through a drug court program where their out, working, being gainfuly employed paying taxes thats a good thing. supporting their family, their not on welfare thats a good thing. the average cost of treating to treat a child addicted to drugs though no fault on their own this is the baby, a quarter of a million dollars. so we just saved lubbock county a quarter of a million dollars because that child was born drug free for sperling-- her new priorities-- raising her kids, like 8-month old autumn... and working at her house cleaning business... natasha sperling/drug court graduate now i have a little over 3 years clean, i have a relationship with my children, i have a good report with my probation officer, i'm clean and sober, i have a good recovery. life isn't always easy, but it's a lot better than life on drugs. wes sperling says she's continued to have a successful recovery... she says there's still some friction with her family-- telling me they haven't always been the best influences... but she hopes that by sharing her story-- she can help others on the path to recovery... be sure to join us tomorrow for part two of this special report-- and hear another inspiring success story from the drug court program... lauren a woman - in




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