May is National Drug Court Month and is coordinated by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). This year’s theme for the month is “Drug Courts: A Proven Budget Solution.” There are 2,500 Drug Courts across the country. The courts take a different approach for prosecuting people for crimes like drug possession or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If a person charged with the DUI or drug crime has an underlying addiction, the special court tries to address that underlying problem rather than simply sentencing the defendant to jail.
A recent article in The Weekly, announces that there will be an event held to celebrate National Drug Court Month as well as to celebrate the successes of the Gwinnett County Drug and DUI Court Program. A graduation ceremony will take place on May 20 at 7 p.m. in Lawrenceville, Georgia, at the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center. The event will mark the graduation of more than 28 men and women from the Drug Court program. U.S. Congressman Rob Woodall of Georgia will deliver the keynote address at the graduation ceremony.
The Gwinnett County Drug and DUI Court Program was founded in 2005. Since its founding, the program has held 20 graduations. The courts seek to work closely with people who have been arrested for drug crimes or DUI crimes and who have underlying substance abuse issues and addictions. The program involves drug abuse rehabilitation and close supervision. Participants in the Drug and DUI Court are also required to go through drug and alcohol testing and make frequent appearances in court to make sure they are sticking with the program requirements.
Gwinnett County Drug and DUI Court Celebrates “National Drug Court Month” With Graduation Ceremony (The Weekly)