KUNM

Recovery Courts For Teens

Jun 13, 2017

Young people who end up in the court system for substance abuse are at a crucial point in their lives. In many New Mexico communities, recovery courts provide resources for minors to address substance abuse and take advantage of mental health services. One goal is to address drug use before a minor ends up in the adult court system.

On the next KUNM Call in Show, we learn how recovery courts work and hear from some previous participants.

  • Do you think alternative sentencing for young people works?
  • Did you use drugs as a teen? Do you think you would have taken advantage of treatment options if you were in recovery court?
  • What penalties or punishments do you think are effective for teens?
  • Do you have questions about how youth recovery courts work?

Listen in live at 8 am on Thursday, June 15. Send comments in advance by email to callinshow@kunm.org.

Guests: 

David Borunda, program director for the 3rd Judicial District Juvenile Drug Court

Cynthia Ferrari, program manager for the Valencia County Juvenile Drug Court

Jake Foreman, teacher at NACA

Darin Harison, a student at the Native American Community Academy

Alma Roberson, an attorney with the Juvenile Division of the Law Office of the Public Defender

Eva Buchwald, social worker with the Juvenile Division of the Law Office of the Public Defender