Yesterday the Cameron County Drug Divert Court celebrated 10 years of success and chose to honor Judge Arturo C. Nelson. Judge Nelson was the first Judge in Cameron County to utilize this type of criminal justice reform. One of the things each person who attended the celebration received was a coin, marking 10 years of success. It looks similar to a sobriety coin. I thought it was a great outward representation of the work their court has done.
A sobriety coin is a token given to those recovering from addiction. It is traditionally a medallion the size of a poker chip and is used to mark the sobriety time achieved.
Thank you Judge Nelson and the rest of your team for paving the way for future diversion courts in Cameron County and for helping all the individuals the program graduated under your leadership.