Defendant who signed herself out of Life Challenge is sent to CBCF

Cary Ashby • Feb 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Defendant Carla S. Reed decided a Christian-based substance abuse program wasn't her thing.

Unfortunately, signing herself out of the Life Challenge program constituted a probation violation. Reed, 30, of 4498 Ohio 18, Wakeman, admitted to the Jan. 16 offense as well as a positive drug test during a hearing Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Reed had gone to Life Challenge, a Michigan branch of Teen Challenge in December. While her participation was a court order, Reed first had to agree to be involved since Teen Challenge is a Christian-based program.

Defense attorney Paul Dolce told the court that while Reed was eager to participate, she decided "it just really wasn't for her." As probation officer Andrea Cooke said earlier in the same hearing, Dolce said he believes spending four to six months in a community-based corrections facility would be more appropriate for Reed in achieving sobriety. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"Hopefully she'll get the tools she'll need to get sober," Cooke said, referring to Reed's time in the CBCF.

Judge Jim Conway asked Reed what she didn't like about Life Challenge.

"I just feel they didn't work on any of the personal problems I need worked on. Other than that, it was a good program," Reed said.

Reed, who will remain on probation, was ordered to be held in the Huron County Jail until she could be transferred to a CBCF.

Her underlying conviction stems from a March 9 incident when the Huron County Sheriff's Office found heroin in her purse during a speeding-related traffic stop.

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