PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT John Adams Courthouse One Pemberton Square Boston, Massachusetts 02108
CONTACT: Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 5, 2017
Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey to Announce $1.2 Million Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant Award to Enhance Services to Drug Court Participants
On Friday, January 6, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey will deliver remarks at the Brockton Trial Court announcing that the Trial Court has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to help the court better address the opioid substance use problem in Massachusetts by offering additional services to drug court participants.
The three-year, $1.2 million grant will help the Trial Court respond to the opioid substance use problem in the state by expanding and coordinating services at Community Corrections Centers in Brockton, Quincy, Taunton and Plymouth for probationers who receive supervision at the Brockton, Hingham and Taunton Drug Court sessions. The grant will also allow the Community Corrections Centers to offer evening hours, which will provide drug court participants access to services at times that do not interfere with other obligations, such as daytime employment. The BJA grant will also enable the Community Corrections Centers to provide drug court participants with transportation to court sessions and treatment services.
Chief Justice Carey will offer introductory remarks, followed by a brief speaking program and discussion about the grant and how it will help the community. Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan, Director of Specialty Courts for the District Court Department, and Brockton District Court First Justice Julie M. Bernard will host the kickoff event. Expected speakers and guests include Representative Claire Cronin, Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Commissioner Edward Dolan of the Massachusetts Probation Service, Director of Community Corrections Vincent Lorenti, representatives from District Attorneys’ offices, the defense bar, local police departments, and sheriffs' offices, in addition to municipal leaders and treatment providers.
Friday, January 6, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Brockton Trial Court, Third Floor Atrium, 215 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301