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Gila County Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill congratulates 17-year-old Ashley Monday afternoon after completing a juvenile drug court program. Ashley was involved with drugs and in and out of trouble before completing the year-long program. Today she is 230 days clean and sober.

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Turning a life around is not easy

Juvenile drug court is tough, effective

It was no cakewalk, but for one teen, undergoing a year of intensive therapy and frequent status hearings at Payson’s juvenile drug court has turned her life around. And on Monday, the 17-year-old was rewarded for 230 sober days with — a cake.

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