Monthly Archives: April 2013

Guardian Angel of Drug Court

Judge Jeffrey R. Merrill takes participants under his wing to help prevent relapses By Owen Gotimer SYRACUSE (NCC News) – More than a decade ago, the Honorable Jeffrey R. Merrill started a journey that thousands of drug addicts are grateful … Continue reading

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Drug Court: A Different Kind of Law

By: John King   SYRACUSE (NCC News) – It’s Tuesday – check-in day for 54 of the more than 300 drug users who are under the supervision of “Drug Court.”   “Welcome to Drug Court!”   That was Judge Jeffrey … Continue reading

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Inside the Syracuse Drug Court

Syracuse,  NCC News-  Emily threw up her hands and let out a sound of jubilation.  It’s Tuesday, March 26 — a big day for the young drug addict.  Judge Jeffrey Merrill has given her the news that she is almost … Continue reading

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Not Widely Known, Syracuse’s “Drug Court” is Different Than You May Think

By Jonathan Edwards SYRACUSE (NCC News) – “All rise for the judge.” Your normal start to any day in court. But what happens next in this courtroom is unlike any other day in any other court. You’re in “Drug Court” in the … Continue reading

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Local Drug Courts: Fresh Start For Drug-Addicted People

   A court that gives drug addicts a second chance                                                 By Chaz Davis SYRACUSE (NCC News) – “Fabolous report from Tully Hill,” the judge said to Hope, a young woman with waist-length, highlighted hair. Hope is doing well in her … Continue reading

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Drug Court, where Hon. Jeffrey Merrill helps drug-addicted individuals

Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) – It is 2:00 in the afternoon on a Tuesday at the Public Safety Building in downtown Syracuse. On the bench under the motto “In God We Trust” sits Hon. Jeffrey R. Merrill, who starts a … Continue reading

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Drug Court: A chance at redemption

By Max Bloch SYRACUSE (NCC NEWS) – “In God We Trust” is written on the wall behind the chair of the Hon. Jeffrey R. Merrill. Written under that should be, “In Merrill We Listen.” For more than a decade, Judge Merrill … Continue reading

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Drug Court: An Atypical Answer for Abusers

Syracuse (NCC News) – “I have nothing but the highest admiration for all of the hard work you’ve done.” These are not the typical words one would hear uttered in a courtroom. Then again, Drug Court is not a typical … Continue reading

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Drug Court: a Typical Day

His honor, judge Jeffrey Merrill presiding By Caroline Strange SYRACUSE (NCC News) – Drug Court is never a dull place with Judge Jeffrey R. Merrill in charge. Sessions are held in what appears to be a typical courtroom in Syracuse’s Public … Continue reading

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Syracuse Drug Court Gives A Second Chance

The treatment program that saves lives By Alex Hoaglund SYRACUSE (NCC NEWS) – “Welcome to drug court,” Judge Jeffrey Merrill said enthusiastically. He was talking to a drug abuser who had just made the decision to join drug court’s rehab … Continue reading

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