On Sunday, May 6, 2012, the All Rise America National Relay for Recovery passed through Amarillo, Texas during its cross-country tour. All Rise America is part of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and is designed to support the push by several jurisdictions to help fight drug use amongst citizens by offering individuals that have been charged with drug-related crimes the opportunity to avoid jail time and get their lives back on the right track. The program offers a plan that involves the court system and local law enforcement and allows individuals to get treatment to help solve their drug problem instead of merely serving time in jail.
The All Rise America National Relay for Recovery is a cross-country relay, spanning from Santa Ana, California to Washington, D.C., in which participants in the relay carry the All Rise Gavel across the country to raise awareness about the drug court program. Local District Judge John Board, of the 181st District Court, hosted the All Rise America travelers for a cookout at Tripp’s Harley Davidson on May 6, 2012. Underwood lawyer Slater Elza cooked lunch for the travelers, which consisted of drug court graduates, drug court professionals, veterans, and concerned citizens.
For more information about drug courts or about All Rise America, please visit www.nadcp.org.