The Therapeutic Intervention Program held its 28th graduation ceremony. They celebrated the life-changing journey of inmates facing substance abuse or mental illness.
"We did a jail study and determined that it was appropriate to start a court program that instead of incarcerating people, we could offer an opportunity to rebuild their lives though wrap-around services and treatment while being held accountable by the justice side of the system."
Judge Janet Holmgren oversees the program She says it’s track record is excellent…Graduate Rick Johannesen says the program changed his life. He’s from Vermont and will be reuniting with his family after almost 2 years apart.
"This opportunity is exactly what I needed. I guess I'm proof that locking people up isn't always the answer. I don't know how I would have handled that. I was going to be locked up for quite a while."
The tip-program is voluntary and takes about 2 and a half years to complete. It always ends with a celebration with participants and their support systems.