In celebration of “National Drug Court Month,” the Marion County Drug Court will hold its first graduation ceremony at 3 p.m., Friday, May 31, at the Marion County Courthouse.
According to a press release from Judge Michael McHaney, who oversees the Marion County Drug Court program, the ceremony marks participants’ completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision and full accountability.
Like the other 2,700 operational drug courts in the U.S., the Marion County Drug Court is a judicially-supervised court docket that reduces correctional costs, protects community safety, and improves public welfare. In drug courts, seriously drug addicted individuals remain in treatment for long periods of time while under close supervision. Participants must meet their obligation to themselves, their families and society.
To ensure accountability, they are regularly and randomly tested for drug use, required to appear frequently in court for the judge to review their progress, rewarded for doing well and sanctioned for not living up to their obligations. Research continues to show that drug courts work better than jail or prison, better than probation, and better than treatment alone.