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Woman violates recovery court conditions three times since May

Jeff Bobo • Aug 6, 2014 at 4:32 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Chasity Onalou Livesay wore one of Hawkins County Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross' "Breaking the Cycle" Recovery Court T-shirts to court Monday — despite the fact that she has failed three chances in Recovery Court to break her own cycle of drug abuse.

Recovery Court is an optimistic name for a program which is more commonly referred to as "Drug Court."

It gives nonviolent offenders with a drug problem an opportunity to receive treatment instead of jail time. Ross implemented Recovery Court in Hawkins County shortly after taking office in 2012.

Since April 25, Livesay, 21, 1019 Old Highway 11-W, Mooresburg, has violated the probation conditions of Recovery Court three times.

She was sentenced Monday to seven days in jail for failing a drug screen. After being sentenced by Ross, she was booked into the Hawkins County Monday morning wearing her "Breaking the Cycle" T-shirt.

Last month, Livesay was sentenced to 48 hours in jail after failing a drug screen and, in May, she was arrested after coming to see her probation officer high on drugs following an admitted two-day meth binge, and passing out on the probation officer's desk.

Livesay was originally arrested last year on charges including felony possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, as well as two misdemeanor drug possession charges, possession of drug paraphernalia, and DUI.

According to a Hawkins County Sheriff's Office affidavit, Livesay was arrested April 22, 2013, during a DUI traffic stop. She was found to be in possession of 85 pills believed to be the muscle relaxant Carisoprodol — a Schedule IV narcotic — as well as 40 syringes, a small amount of marijuana and a strip of Suboxone.

That case was continued five times before Livesay appeared in Session Court this past February.

At that time, the felony drug trafficking charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, and Livesay pleaded guilty before Ross to DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of misdemeanor simple possession. She was sentenced to a year of probation and a 10-day jail sentence to be served on weekends.

In March, Livesay was arrested after reporting to jail late on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, and then failing to report to jail on March 7.

She was then sentenced to 90 days in jail, but was released April 25 after being accepted into Recovery Court.

Less than a month later, she was arrested on May 20 at the Hawkins County ACS probation office in Rogersville after passing out on her probation officer's desk. At that time, Livesay was allegedly in possession of meth, marijuana, a syringe and rolling papers.

She was charged by the HCSO on May 20 with two counts of drug possession, as well as public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. That case is still pending and no trial date has been set.

As a result of the May 20 arrest, she was held in jail until her next court date on July 18, but has reportedly failed two Recovery Court drug screens since her latest release.

Livesay is now due to be released from the Hawkins County Jail Tuesday morning.

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