10.17.16

KTVH: Lewis & Clark County’s Treatment graduates were congratulated by a special guest

The three most recent graduates from Lewis & Clark County’s Treatment Court earned congratulations from a special guest Monday afternoon.

Kyle Tisher, Jacob Siewert, and Alvin Grant went through the treatment court as an alternative to traditional sentencing.

Some participate in the program for more than a year and a half.

Treatment court is specifically designed for non-violent drug offenders, and also to hold them accountable for their actions while helping them become positive members of the community.

Among friends and family in the courtroom was Senator Steve Daines to recognize them for their hard work.

Daines tells MTN that they become well-behaved citizens afterward, and even have a 90% employment rate.

“It’s a great success story of a process that changes people’s lives,” said Daine.

After the ceremony, Senator Daines thanked Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office Detective Dan O’Malley for his service.

O’Malley was named the officer of the year by the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.

Daines presented O’Malley with a letter that will be submitted into the congressional record.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I got my life back, and it’s been so much more than I’ve ever dreamed,” said Grant.

By:  Frances Lin
Source: KTVH