County Attorney Press Release
On August 25, 2011, the La Paz County Substance Abuse Court held its first ever graduation ceremony. The graduates were Frederico Ricardo “Freddy” Torres and Steven Grimes. Freddy and Steven are the first two participants to successfully complete the program and were released from probation as a result of their outstanding performance.
The La Paz County Substance Abuse Court was first established in September 2010. The Court is an intensive program that requires a minimum of nine months to complete. All participants are drug tested extensively and required to attend weekly counseling sessions.
The participants are required to have a job, or perform community work service, and they must appear before Judge Michael Burke two times per month to discuss all aspects of their probationary requirements, recovery from drugs and alcohol and any future plans they have. Both Freddy and Steven never had a positive drug test while in the program.
The graduation party, which included food, refreshments and cake, was sponsored by Walmart. The entire Substance Abuse Court team would like to thank Walmart for its generous donation.
The Substance Abuse Court is a collaborative effort and would not be possible without the participation of Superior Court Judge Michael Burke, Clerk of the Court Sheri Newman, Chief Probation Officer John Dyess, Probation Officer Tyson Ross, Probation Officer Don Stokes, Probation Officer Kelly Brandon, La Paz Counseling, Community Intervention Associates (CIA), Arizona Counseling and Treatment Services (ACTS), Crossroads Mission and the La Paz County Attorney’s Office.