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The inaugural Will County Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) Court graduation ceremony was held at the Will County Office building on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Seven (7) participants graduated.
The Will County Public Defender's Office congratulates all graduates on their achievement and wishes them continued success in their sobriety.
The ARI program recognizes the need to divert more non-violent offenders from costly incarceration in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The program seeks to achieve this goal by increasing capacity in local Specialty Courts and improving access to community-based services for non-violent offenders from these targeted populations. ARI provides the participants the tools they need to change their lives by changing their behavior and thinking through intensive case management and cognitive behavioral therapy. In this fashion, ARI serves these individuals locally while maintaining public safety. The overall goal is to reduce the number of non-violent offenders committed to prison by 25%.
Will County ARI Court began accepting clients in the spring of 2015. The participants completed a variety of program areas, including substance abuse treatment, education, employment, weekly court appearances, and drug testing.
Upon successful completion of the program, charges are dismissed.
Pictured in the photo (from left to right) are Shenonda Tisdale, Assistant Public Defender; Greg DeBord, Chief Felony Defender; Jaya Varghese, Assistant Public Defender; Gerald G. Kielian, Will County Public Defender; and the Honorable Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes, Presiding Judge of ARI Court.