Last Shot

“LAST SHOT WITH JUDGE GUNN”

Takes aim at real-life DRuG offenders in a new TV show that offers real-life transformations

— An Unscripted TV Show with Meaning Premieres September 26th on KDOC Proof Positive that People with Life-and-Death Addiction Issues can be Saved  —

Saving lives is not usually part of television, but it’s the heart of “Last Shot with Judge Gunn,” a new show from the creator of “Judge Judy” and “A Current Affair.”  The show premieres on KDOC September 26 and will run Monday – Friday.  It features real-life Judge Mary Ann Gunn and the real-life consequences faced by convicted felons (drug addicts and alcoholics). The results are inspirational and surprisingly successful — 93% of the people that have gone through her court are now productive, clean, and sober –- indicative of what can happen with a tenacious and compassionate judge on the bench.

Judge Gunn defies easy description: she rides a Harley-Davidson, she was the first female auto mechanic at Sears, she drives a tractor on her farm, she’s a chef, and she knits. And she does not fall for anyone’s bull.

Her unique combination of passion and compassion, strict discipline, and tough love have successfully led to more than 1,200 former addicts “graduating” from her drug court in Fayetteville, Arkansas. And now she brings that experience to this compelling nationally syndicated show, which begins airing daily on September 26.

Her goal is to deliver a message of faith and promise to people whose lives have been devastated by addiction. On the other hand, she says, “If a participant in my court is non-compliant, they will answer. I will come down on them like thunder.”

By helping real-life addicts “put their future in front of them, instead of behind them,” as she describes it, Judge Gunn brings an entirely new dimension to both unscripted television and the “judge show” genre, demonstrating that lives can truly be changed.

“When I was first exposed to the concept of a Drug Court, I was struck by one

primary fact — that you simply can’t just throw people away,” said Judge Gunn, who oversaw the Arkansas Drug Court while serving as a circuit court judge. “Drug Court is not about desperation. It’s not about hopelessness. It’s about second chances and how the participants can, and must, commit themselves to remain clean and sober to change their lives. Without such a means of redemption, our penitentiaries’ doors will just swing back and forth.”

Under Judge Gunn’s program, as in most Drug Courts across the country, convicted individuals are chosen to participate in an extensive 12-month-long treatment program involving a team of addiction specialists, therapists, probation officials, and others, with all aspects overseen by the Judge. Each participant attends regular individual and group therapy sessions, meetings with probation officers and others to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment program — a combination of intensive judicial supervision, mandatory drug testing, sanctions, and treatment help these offenders break the deadly addiction cycle.

As she says, many of those she sees in her courtroom have “never been 100% at anything” until they graduate from the program and their charges are dismissed.

“By showing the effectiveness of a Drug Court team, I consider ‘Last Shot’ to be an outreach to our country,” says Judge Gunn. “It’s not simply an alternative to incarceration — transforming people’s lives in an amazingly positive way is a moral responsibility we all share.”

She indicates that the alternatives to the Drug Court can be devastating: “I had one young man write his own obituary because, as I told him, he was going to die if he didn’t quit using drugs.”

There are currently more than 2,450 Drug Courts helping an estimated 120,000 non-violent offenders throughout the nation find recovery.

For more information check out www.judgegunn.com

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