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On Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 1:30 p.m., seven participants of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County Problem Solving Courts will cross the stage and celebrate the successful completion of their respective Adult Drug Court, Re-Entry Court and Veterans Court programs. The ceremony will be held at the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, 14735 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, Md., 20772 in the Jury Assembly Room (M2400).
Additionally, May is recognized as National Adult Drug Court month.
“The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County Problem Solving Courts addresses the needs of the individual and changes lives one person at a time in the Prince George’s County community,” says the Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams, Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. “It’s without a doubt that the ability to successfully complete each program requires a generous amount of resolute, determination, strength and a lot of tough love from a committed team. For that, I would like to thank the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County Problem Solving Courts presiding judges, the Problem Solving Courts team, partnering agencies, family and friends who deposit the necessary support into each of the participants so they are able to effectively complete their program.”
The graduation’s keynote speaker will be Delegate C.T. Wilson, an elected member of the Maryland House of Delegates for Charles County, District 28. Born an orphan in Missouri, Ill., Del. Wilson received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Upper Iowa University and later obtained his J.D. from Howard University School of Law. He was admitted into the Maryland Bar in 2003. For seven years, Del. Wilson worked at the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office where he started as the first community prosecutor, a new initiative within the office and later became the division chief of the Community Prosecution Unit in the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. Since then, Del. Wilson started his own law practice and serves the community.
The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County Problem Solving Courts is comprised of specialty courts that represent a major shift from the traditional court model and focuses on a collaborative, non-adversarial approach to judicial supervision of eligible offenders. Through the leadership of a presiding judge, each court operates on a team premise to oversee each case through the implementation of a sanctions, incentives and rehabilitative program model.
In 2002, the Adult Drug Court program started and is presided over by the Honorable Nicholas E. Rattal. The Re-Entry Court program began in 2014 and is presided over by the Honorable Lawrence V. Hill, Jr. and the Veterans Court program began in 2015 and is presided over by the Honorable Beverly J. Woodard.
To learn more about the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County Office of Problem Solving Courts, visit the website. The event is open to the public.