Under a grant that promotes building strong families through parental involvement, the Nashville Predators provided 48 bicycles and tricycles for children of the 23rd Judicial District Recovery Court participants. The bikes are a great tool for enriching the parenting skills of the participants, as they work to rebuild family relationships.
Recovery Court is an alternative to incarceration for those whose sentences are related to their addictions. Participants work full-time, attend regular group meetings, and perform community service work while serving their time in the program.
“We help participants completely turn their lives around,” said Circuit Judge Suzanne Lockert-Mash, who oversees the recovery court. “They learn valuable skills while working in factories. They pay their bills, including child support and restitution when ordered. They pay taxes and contribute to society through extensive community service work.”
Participants report to Judge Lockert-Mash and their probation officer each week. The Recovery Court requires a minimum 18-month commitment after completion of an inpatient Drug & Alcohol treatment program. In addition, regular drug screens help ensure participants remain drug and alcohol free.
The 23rd Judicial District Recovery Court serves the people of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart Counties. The courts partnership with the Nashville Predators goes back several years and includes past donations of playground equipment and Christmas presents.