A different kind of court

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Reward system, dedicated team help defendants find success

Madera resident Lachondra Randolph, 34, was a happy, successful schoolteacher and mother of three before her life unraveled as she experimented with ecstasy, cocaine and eventually crystal meth.

“I lost everything,” she said. “I lost my house, I lost my kids, my career was destroyed. I was 30 years old before I started using drugs, and I ended up losing everything I had worked for.”

Randolph was arrested on drug charges but didn’t go to prison because she was eligible for Prop 36 — a probation and drug treatment program under the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act passed in 2000. The law is aimed at keeping nonviolent drug offenders from overcrowding jails and prisons.

“I graduated from Prop 36 but I had been doing the ‘fake your way through everything’ thing to just get through it. I didn’t really change,” Randolph said. “Then I caught another case.” ...

 

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