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Media Advisory

Talbot County Circuit Court Offers a “Day in the Life” View of its Problem-Solving Court

(EASTON, Md. – Sept. 16, 2011) On Monday, Sept. 19, the Talbot County Circuit Court is inviting state and local elected officials, business and community leaders, and members of the media to see its problem-solving court in action and discuss the program’s role in the community. The media is invited.

Problem-solving courts respond to the underlying problems that bring defendants into court—drug or alcohol addiction, mental illness, and/or family or personal issues. Talbot County Circuit Court’s rigorous drug treatment court combines judicial oversight with intensive treatment and supervision. Participation in the program is voluntary. The program identifies prison-bound offenders and places them under ongoing judicial monitoring, drug testing and community supervision, coupled with effective, long-term treatment services. National research shows drug courts are successful and cost effective for dealing with drug-addicted offenders in the criminal justice system.

WHAT:     Talbot County Circuit Court’s “Judicial Ride-Along” to sit in on its Drug Treatment Court
WHO:        Judge Broughton M. Earnest, county administrative judge, Talbot County Circuit Court, presiding
Julian Markham, Talbot County Circuit Court problem-solving court coordinator
WHEN:        Monday, Sept. 19
1:15 p.m. Debriefing
1:30 p.m. Attend drug treatment court (following court, there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with Judge Earnest)
WHERE:     Talbot County Circuit Court
11 N. Washington St.
Easton, Md. 21601
CONTACT:   Call 410-770-6809 to attend (and to discuss the use of cameras and/or electronic devices


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