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.
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.