Fairborn court receives re-certification


FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Municipal Drug Court has been re-certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Specialized Dockets.

Specialized dockets, when approved, provide alternative consequences for specific charges that are designed to prevent further offences without harsh penalties like incarceration that may not be as effective at combating the root issue.

A certified specialized docket proves a minimum level of uniformity and simultaneously allows for local courts to tailor programs to meet the community’s needs and resources.

To receive certification, the court must submit an application, undergo an on-site visit, and provide program materials according to certification standards.

“Specialized dockets offer an alternative to incarceration, and reflect a community’s belief in second chances,” said Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon L. Kennedy. “They focus on people who are willing to work to overcome the personal challenges that led to their involvement in the justice system. The court and community partners work together to supervise treatment, training, and support, providing local solutions to local problems under leadership of the local court.”

There are currently 258 certified specialized dockets in Ohio.

“This re-certification is a reflection of our community working together and of the program changing lives,” said Judge Beth W. Cappelli of Fairborn Municipal Court. “We are grateful for the support the program has received.”

Contact Ethan Charles at 937-502-4532.

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