Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Judge Morse and Dr. Rivera discuss substance abuse and the courts for National Criminal Justice Month

Judge Morse explains the philosophy of Wellness Court.
Judge Morse talks to students after the presentation.
Judge William Morse, 3rd Judicial District Superior Court - Wellness Court, and Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, discussed the issue of substance abuse and the role of the Wellness Court in dealing with the prevalent problem of substance abuse in our society on March 23 as part of National Criminal Justice Month.  Wellness Court is the felony DUI court in Anchorage.

Judge Morse described the sanctions and strategies the court uses to assist individuals in dealing with substance abuse and reentering the community.  Dr. Rivera presented data on national and state-wide trends in substance abuse.

The Justice Center and the UAA Justice Club co-sponsored a series of presentations during March in recognition of National Criminal Justice Month.

All the events were free and open to UAA students, faculty, staff, and the public.

L to r: Sam Peters, Justice Club President; Judge William Morse;
Dr. Marny Rivera; Prof. Troy Payne, Justice Club Co-Advisor.