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Las Vegas Municipal Court celebrates HOPE Court graduate

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 10/24/2013 10:43 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A man with 128 arrests has successfully completed the Las Vegas Municipal Court’s Habitual Offender Education and Prevention (HOPE) Court program.

A special graduation ceremony was held on Oct. 29 in Department 3 courtroom 5C at the Regional Justice Center, located at 200 Lewis Ave., with Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Heidi Almase presiding.

The HOPE Court program is an alternative sentencing program designed to give a second chance to habitual offenders with issues related to homelessness, misdemeanor criminal activity and substance abuse addictions.

The program finds housing for the participants and requires them to complete drug treatment, counseling, job readiness and life-skill courses. Every defendant must stay out of trouble and abstain from drugs and alcohol during the program.

Graduate Daryl Simmons joined the program on Aug. 15, 2012 after his 128th arrest. After spending five months in a stable environment and getting treatment at Freedom House, Simmons has been able to move out on his own thanks to assistance from Help of Southern Nevada.

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