At the Thursday, April 11th Tunkhannock Rotary meeting, Judge Russell Shurtleff, President Judge on the Wyoming-& Sullivan County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania was the guest speaker.
The Judge spoke about the changes in sentencing for a variety of criminal offenses being put forward to overcome perceptions of judge’s bias.
Judge Shurtleff also spoke about the success of the Drug Treatment Court Program that recently graduated another 8 participants. The program lasts 2.5 years and has had a total of 88 graduates so far. 156 people have been accepted into the program and 82% of participants do not re-offend. So, Treatment Court is working well.
The Treatment Court is also partnering with HANDS of Wyoming County on family life skills parenting classes.
After the presentation, Club President, Mike Markovitz presented a check for 1,500 dollars to the Drug Treatment Court Program. Judge Russell Shurtleff accepted the check and thanked the Club for its continued financial support of this program.

Mike Markovitz (right) presenting check to Drug Treatment Court Program, Judge Russell Shurtleff