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Judge Hall Hosts Warren County Treatment Court Alumni Reunion and Graduation
Judge John Hall Hosts A Reunion And Graduation Ceremony Of Warren County Treatment Court Alumni At Warren County Municipal Center
Lake George, NY Oct. 16, 2013. Warren County Judge John Hall has invited all current and former graduates and participants of the Warren County Treatment Court to an alumni reunion on Thursday October 17th starting at 1:30pm in Room 6-103 of the Warren County Municipal Center near the Department of Motor Vehicles. Following a light lunch, attendees are invited to meet, renew acquaintances and assist current participants in their recoveries. Judge Hall started the alumni reunion about 4 years ago. It put encourages past graduates to stay connected to sober, drug free activities and associates.
Judge Hall will then preside over a Treatment Court Graduation and celebration of recovery in the County Courtroom at 3:00 PM. All current and former graduates and participants, their spouses, friends and significant others and invited to the graduation ceremony.
The Drug Treatment Court program costs much less prison — participants in the past would be sentenced to state prison at a cost of more than $60,000 per year. Nearly 200 people have graduated from the treatment court program in the last 10 years, with a success rate of approximately 70%.
The Drug Treatment Court is an intensely supervised substance abuse program for both alcoholics and drug addicts. It is open only to individuals convicted of non-violent felony level offenses. Treatment Court participants are required to meet daily to be tested for alcohol and drugs and follow the directions of a substance abuse counselor, a probation officer and a treatment court co-ordinator. All participants are required to have verifiable full time employment and at least 12 month of clean time.
Judge Hall meets with the group every Thursday where participants read- hear progress reports aloud with the entire group. If they fail or refuse to follow the directions of the Court or if they test positive for alcohol/drug use, participants can be briefly returned to jail for a wake up call. If participants continue to break the rules Judge Hall can and has sentenced them to prison terms.
According to Judge Hall, "originally about 75% of the participants were charged with DWI. Most had multiple convictions and had been sentenced to prison previously. As a result of breaking the cycle of drinking-arrest-prison we have a lot fewer DWI cases. Unfortunately, the DWIs have been replaced by an increase in drug addicts, often involving prescription narcotics, so that the current program is close to 50/50."
As Warren County Court Judge, Judge Hall has also presided over more than 3,000 felony cases in both Warren and Washington Counties, and 1,500 suits as an Acting Supreme Court Justice.
A resident of Lake George, where he lives with his wife Ann and three daughters, Hall is a native of Athol, in the Town of Thurman, New York. Judge Hall was formerly the Warrensburg Town Attorney and has served on the faculty of the NYS Bar Association Trial Academy at Cornell University. He is a former President of the Warren County Bar Association and is a founding member of the Women’s Bar Association, Adirondack Chapter. Judge Hall is a graduate of New England Law, Boston and Ithaca College. His father was well known area attorney and congressional candidate John S. Hall, Sr.
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