The Las Vegas Municipal Court will celebrate the successful completion of the Habitual Offender Prevention and Education (HOPE) Court program by seven new graduates on Friday, April 11, at 5 p.m. The graduation ceremony and reception will be held on the south side of the first floor of the Regional Justice Center, located at 200 Lewis Ave., with Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Heidi Almase presiding.
HOPE Court is an alternative sentencing program designed to give a second chance to habitual offenders with issues related to homelessness, misdemeanor criminal activity and substance abuse addictions. The program finds housing for the participants and requires them to complete drug treatment, counseling, job readiness and life-skill courses. Every defendant must stay out of trouble and abstain from drugs and alcohol during the program.
Among te graduates is Karl Roddy who entered the program on Nov. 7, 2014, after his 52nd arrest. The program partnered with Beacon of Hope to provide Karl with treatment and a stable environment.
Kirsten Pritchard entered the program on March 5, 2013, after her 36th charge. Municipal Court partnered with The Salvation Army to help Kristen, who has transitioned to independent living. On June 26, Kirsten gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
A.Y. Rojas was remanded on Jan. 9, 2013, by Judge Almase after failing to follow court imposed orders. During what became his 21st time in custody, he was identified as a candidate for the HOPE program and referred. Freedom House partnered with the Municipal Court to assist him.
Dustin McMenemy was referred to the program on Aug. 1, 2014, on what was his 24th charge. The Municipal Court partnered with Freedom House to provide Dustin with treatment.
Nicholas Buono entered the program after being referred by the city of Las Vegas Deputy City Marshals. Through partnerships with Beacon of Hope, The Salvation Army, Freedom House and Odyssey, Nick is now ready to graduate.