FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Scheinkman Applauds Odell’s Efforts to Save Drug Program


MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

April 24, 2013

Scheinkman Applauds Odell’s Efforts to Save Drug Program

Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman, Chief Administrative Judge for the 9th Judicial District will join Putnam County Court Judge James F. Reitz, and District Attorney Adam B. Levy at 1:30 p.m. as they congratulate County Executive

MaryEllen Odell for her efforts in maintaining funding for Putnam County Treatment Court.
When funding for the program was in jeopardy, Odell presented the Legislature with statistics compiled by the District Attorney’s Office from 2008 to 2011. The records indicate the Treatment Court program has enjoyed a 68% success rate.

“The Hon. James F. Reitz and the members of the Putnam County Treatment Court are on the right track,” said Odell. “They are definitely achieving what they set out to do which is to turn lives around. Sixty-eight percent of those who participate in Treatment Court succeed and begin anew as contributing, productive citizens. Saving the funding for this successful program became a major priority for everyone involved.”

In the Treatment Court, a non-violent offender is offered a reduced sentence upon his or her voluntary entry into a court supervised treatment program. The Treatment Court Team is comprised of defense, prosecution, treatment, education and law enforcement personnel.

A study by the New York State Unified Court System has been proven that Drug Treatment Court programs have “been overwhelmingly positive” and “the rates at which drug court graduates re-offend are significantly reduced.”

During the 2008-2011 period Treatment Court has been active in Putnam, there have been 110 participants. Of those, 82 cases have been closed with 56 participants, or 68 percent, successfully completing the course of treatment.
Of the 56 participants who graduated, only seven have re-offended, a total of only 12.5 percent.

The next Treatment Court Graduation Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in the Historic Putnam County Courthouse on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel.