Release* Date: December 3, 2009
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: December 3, 2009
Twenty graduate at drug court ceremony
Twenty participants graduated December 1, 2009, from
than 250 people, including Superior Court judges,
The graduates were presented with framed certificates commemorating their participation in the program and in the graduation ceremony, which was the third since the program began in September 2004 as an alternative to incarceration.
graduate spoke to the audience, thanking the
saint has a past and every sinner has a future, and that’s what this
‘’Recovery isn’t easy and nobody said it would be, but it is worth it,’’ he said. ‘’There are people in prison and sitting in jails wishing they had your opportunity,’’ Joshua K. said. ‘’Don’t waste it.’’
Superior Court Judge Travis Francis, who is assignment judge at the Middlesex County Courthouse, congratulated the graduates, and reminded them that Drug Court recognizes that ‘’drug abuse is not just a crime, but an illness that needs to be addressed.’’
Court Judge Lorraine Pullen, who presides over the weekly
The judge pointed to a toddler, whose mother was among graduates, noting the mother has recovered and her child was born drug-free.
‘’Men, too, become better fathers,’’ Judge Pullen said, ‘’because they are no longer focusing on themselves. They see the bigger picture. This program has a lot to offer.’’
The judge also introduced Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Meuly as being ‘’very instrumental in the success of this program.’’
who has been working with the program since its inception, encouraged
participants to emulate those who graduated. ‘’
who plead guilty to drug offenses, or non-violent drug-related offenses, are
offered an opportunity to join the program. Enrollees are required to follow
strict procedures, including making weekly visits to
Participants also are required to undergo drug treatment and counseling, and must have jobs or attend school full time. In addition, they are regularly tested to ensure they remain drug- and alcohol-free during probation.
Those who violate various requirements, or fail to complete the program, run the risk of being sentenced to prison.