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6 graduate from Solano drug court

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Solano County Drug Court graduates, from left to right, Rachel Dixon, Alyahe Ali-McCall and Alicia Cabrera, celebrate in a Superior Court of Solano County courtroom, Monday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A8 | June 18, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s drug court program on Monday celebrated its largest annual success since its start in 2007, with six addicts successfully completing the program.

A judge, a prosecutor, defense attorneys, Probation Department staff and others met in Judge Wendy G. Getty’s courtroom to laud the graduates of the program that largely funded by state and federal agencies.

The graduates are among dozens of drug addicts who participated in past months in the program that includes regular drug testing, 12-step meetings, counseling and required attendance at the courthouse for monitoring and supervision.

The six graduates, Alyahe Ali-McCall, David Barthelmess, Elizabeth Busse, Alicia Cabrera, Rachel Dixon and Rikki Johnson, all handed out roses to their families, support team members and sponsors who attended the ceremony.

“It takes a village to run a drug court,” Getty told the crowd.

Ali-McCall thanked the program participants before recalling her mother had been an addict, that her brother was killed when she was 17 and that she had her own kids taken from her partly because of her drug use.

Cabrera recalled using methamphetamine every day during the first four months of her recent pregnancy and using it in her home where her three young children stayed. Her methamphetamine use ended when she was arrested and put into a residential treatment program as part of the drug court program.

Each of the six graduates received certificates for their accomplishments and Getty dismissed felony drug charges that had been hanging over each of their heads before they were given the chance to participate in the program, which offers nonviolent drug offenders an alternative to going to jail.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • Rich GiddensJune 16, 2014 - 7:22 pm

    Government sure does spend our money on less then worthless people doesn't it? This is exactly what these addicts, judges, DA's and vulture lawyers want.

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  • TruthSayerJune 17, 2014 - 6:50 am

    @Rich. Do you think this dope heads can afford private attorneys? Hell no. They had public defenders. Every last person in that courtroom is sucking on the government's titty. And those dope fiends probably all on welfare and/or SSI, leaching off everyone else. This story is nothing to celebrate. Now if they had non-government jobs, I'd celebrate that.

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  • GemmaJune 17, 2014 - 7:36 am

    I've seen people i.e. drug dealers and losers appointed a public defender, then the court calls it a conflict of interest, and they are given a private lawyer, like Honeychurch, all at the expense of the taxpayers.

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  • Tax PayerJune 17, 2014 - 6:53 am

    It is a feel so good story. I would love to see how much money was spent for the six graduates. There are thousands waiting to get there felony charges dismissed. I see them everyday.

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  • just sayin'June 17, 2014 - 7:03 am

    No person is worthless. Every person is of value. I hope each of the people involved in this stay sober and make something of their lives.

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  • chrisJune 17, 2014 - 8:47 am

    ten years ago my son graduated from the juvenile drug court and I never felt any money was wasted on helping him recover nor did our family "suck on the government titty" trying to get help he needed. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for your holier than thou attitude. people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

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  • LisaJune 17, 2014 - 11:37 am

    Chris, these people come here EVERYDAY and talk crap about EVERYTHING. They are miserable and obviously have no life.. congrats on your son, every life counts. People should really look into where "their" tax money goes before they open their mouth to complain.

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  • RealistJune 18, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Ditto your remarks. I wonder if Rich would rather have MORE drug addicts circling his Suisun neighborhood, looking for a home to break into, like Rich's home, to steal stuff to fund their drug habit? These types of programs with real success rates help all us.

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  • SupporterJune 18, 2014 - 8:53 am

    As a taxpayer,I'd rather see my dollars go to programs and not incarceration and jails! Congratulation for your accomplishments !

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  • BJune 18, 2014 - 8:55 am

    Im usually one of the biggest critics of the luxuries criminals are treated to. However, I dont agree that this was a waste whatsoever. I am absolutely 110% positive that this was cheaper (and a better solution) than having them serve out years of felony drug convictions in prison. Not sure how anyone would disagree with that.

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  • Call a spade a spadeJune 18, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    Once an addict, always an addict. Do I disagree it is good they aren't using... Yes... However these people chose the path they took... And someone else pays for it. There is no accountability. My 4 year old knows when he does something wrong, there are consequences for his actions, not that he is going to get a party when he doesn't do it again.

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  • Rita GoldenJune 18, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    How many times does a person have to go through drug rehab before they know drugs can make one's unborn child permanently ill or even kill the child? I wonder if they volunteered to go to this program or if they were court ordered to go through it. And doing drugs when you have 3 children in your home?! I certainly hope these children are being checked up on by CPS often. What a tragedy!

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  • Tiara Michelle GarnerJune 19, 2014 - 1:37 am

    @Rita Goldman if I were you I'd look further into "CPS" ha solano county CPS don't help our children it's all about the money they receive ..my son's were placed in foster care for a brief time and the home they were placed in my oldest son was choked repeatedly by the foster mother.. Yes my son told the social worker and they were removed and placed in another home.. Now as far as the foster mom nothing happened to her NOTHING AT ALL matter of fact she still has her license and is able to foster 4 children .. what if one of those children she had is to young to tell.. I can only imagine what else goes on in that home.. Anyways cps has one agenda that's too adopt as many children as they can so they can collect the funding provided... do your research before you ASSUME that children are " safe " in CP's hands... And as far as everybody's opinion about addicts SHAME ON YOU..ADDICTION IS A DISEASE I pray to good that none of you have children that happen to follow that long dark road.. hi give to EVERY SINGLE ADDICT WHO HAS GRADUATED GOOD JOB.. THUMBS DOWN TO EVERYONE WHO HAS NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THESE PEOPLE... THEY BETTER PRAY THEY NEVER HAVE TO WALK A DAY IN AN ADDICTS SHOS..

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  • Mr.RJune 19, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Congrats to all. Now's your chance to become productive citizens.Stay clean and sober and continue your 12 step program.Much better way to spend tax dollars.Better than paying for them to be incarcerated. Good luck and may good bless.

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