This July, a total of 59 graduates ceremoniously walked the stage to receive their certificates for completing the Community Service Council’s rigorous 18+-month program that is an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders. Since 2001, CSC continues to operate the largest alternative court in Oklahoma. Offering court-supervised treatment as an alternative to incarceration in selected non-violent felony offenses, CSC helps address addictions while improving lives, preventing repeat offenses, and saving public funds that would have gone to the prison system.
Across four dockets – Drug, DUI, Mental Health and Veterans – CSC’s Tulsa Alternative Courts program is designed to create hope for those involved in the criminal justice system suffering from addiction and mental illness in innovative, therapeutic court settings. Through compassion, inclusion and empowerment, CSC staff work collaboratively with community partners to guide participants on the path of transformation leading to sobriety and productive citizenship in the community, with a final result of reduced recidivism and reduced costs to the taxpayer.
These 69 individuals have demonostrated a strong commitment to their health and sobriety and to being productive citizens. On behalf of the Community Service Council’s board of directors and staff, we want to congratulate each one of our graduates and send them warm wishes for a bright future ahead.
The next Tulsa Alternative Courts graduation is scheduled for October 2019.