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Media Release

 

Monday, October 21, 2013
For Immediate Release
Communications

Contact: Jace Radke
Telephone: 229-2205

 

Las Vegas Municipal Court Celebrates HOPE Court Graduate
Program Designed To Give A Second Chance To Habitual Offenders

 

      Man with 128 arrests has successfully completed the Las Vegas Municipal Court’s Habitual Offender Prevention and Education (HOPE) Court program.

      A special graduation ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. in Department 3 courtroom 5C at the Regional Justice Center, located at 200 Lewis Ave., with Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Heidi Almase presiding.

      The HOPE Court program 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.

      Graduate Daryl Simmons joined the program on Aug. 15, 2012, after his 128th arrest. After spending five months in a stable environment and getting treatment at Freedom House, Simmons has been able to move out on his own thanks to assistance from Help of Southern Nevada.

      Media interested in attending the graduation are asked to fill out a media request form at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/files/MediaCourtroomCameraRequest.pdf. When complete the form should be faxed back to (702) 387-2448.

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