Delaware County Announces Second Chance Court
Delaware County Councilman Dave White, Judge John P. Capuzzi Sr., and District Attorney Jack Whelan announced the Second Chance Court Program on March 9. The program allows defendants whose minor crimes are rooted in drug use to be connected with treatment and rehabilitation in the early stages of the criminal justice process. Second Chance Court implements an early system of assessment in the pretrial phase, to divert low to moderate risk offenders into treatment as soon as possible after their initial court appearance. The program is designed to be a proactive intervention aimed at addressing potential substance abuse issues and reducing offender recidivism.