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The Face of Specialty Courts Midland County Drug Court

Nov 19, 2019 05:50PM

Back Row: Pearl McLarey (TAIP Supervisor), Rebecca Elder (CSCD Officer), John Reese (Compliance Officer/Bailiff), Shelby Corbell (CSCD Officer), and Rita Payan (CSCD Officer) Front Row: Tyler Mayo (Assistant District Attorney), Allen Bell (Director Midland CSCD), Toni Bradley (TAIP Counselor), Judge Elizabeth Rainey, Melissa Bianchi (Court Coordinator), Nidia Sanchez (Data Evaluator District Attorney’s Office), Rocio Gordillo (CSCD Officer), and Trina Latson (CSCD Supervisor) Not Pictured: Tim Flathers (1st Assistant District Attorney), Mark Dettman (Defense Attorney), and Tania Vargas (TAIP Counselor)

Treating the addicted while maintaining accountability requires a precarious mix of law and compassion. For Permian Basin residents struggling with addiction, a new offshoot of the justice system, Midland County Drug Court, is now in session. Created as a pro-active approach to corrections and rehabilitation that differs from the incarceration system, Judge Elizabeth Rainey and her team of Probation Officers, Counselors, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys and Law Enforcement Officers work to rehabilitate at-risk offenders and return them to the community as sober, crime-free, productive residents. In doing so, these professionals also save taxpayer dollars by focusing on the problem of addiction and inciting true change rather than condemning addicts to habitual incarceration. With a concentration on aid over accusation, Judge Rainey and these tireless public servants have set a process in motion that seeks to uplift the community. In the year since Midland County Drug Court started, over 90 people have been served, and Judge Rainey, who also oversees Adult Felony Drug Court, Transitional Treatment Court and DWI Court, sees nothing but growth in the future. With goals of treatment, progress and sobriety, Midland County Drug Court returns parents to children, professionals to careers and most importantly, a renewed sense of accomplishment and self-worth to individuals.
 
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