Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

April 11, 2013

Bacus first to finish ITC

The Journal Express

---- — Steven Bacus successfully graduated from Intensive Treatment Court (ITC) on April 8. Steven is the first individual to complete the program.

Intensive Treatment Court was started in September 2012, to attempt to find solutions for individuals who have repeatedly had arrests related to public intoxication. To be considered into the program a person must admit they are guilty of the charge, and be committed to engaging in a sober lifestyle.

As a term and condition of probation, a person in ITC is required to attend court two times per month to have the Court review their progress. They are required to undergo a substance abuse evaluation, complete treatment, including attending an AA type group meeting and are required to wear a continuous alcohol monitoring device. They are also required to obtain and maintain full time employment. Further, they are required to attend eight hours of life skills classes put on by Kim Dorn at Public Health. Finally, toward the end of the program they are required to give back to the community by performing 25 hours of community service and they need to have paid their court costs, attorney fees and probation fees.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the progress we have made to date in ITC,” Marion County Attorney Ed Bull commented. “I currently have 14 individuals in the program. All 14 have jobs, all 14 are in treatment and all 14 are working towards paying off their court costs, fines, and other fees. It should also be noted that these 14 people were repeat offenders, including individuals who had been to prison before, and they are actively working to make themselves productive members of our society. I want to thank Nancy Tiegler at Addictions Recovery, Kelvin Harrell with probation, and Jared Harmon, a private attorney out of Des Moines, who is volunteering his time to ensure this program is successfully. Although I am thrilled Steven has graduated, as he worked hard to place himself in the position to be our first graduate; however, I will miss his leadership and productive contributions that he made each court hearing.”

“I am encouraged by the efforts being put forth by the participants in the Intensive Treatment Court program,” added Judge Steve Guiter. “They have been meeting the challenges requested of them. The first graduate, Steven Bacus, willingly worked the program and successfully completed it this week. I am hopeful that all the participants of this program will be able to use what they learned through this process to improve their lives.”