March 20, 2012
Will County Drug Court to graduate 10 who beat their addictions
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that the Will County Drug Court will graduate 10 people who have successfully completed the program and are living drug-free lives this week.
The Drug Court will hold a graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago Street in Joliet. The public is invited to attend.
Program graduates are from Joliet, Plainfield, Crest Hill, Mokena, University Park, Naperville, Chicago Heights and Libertyville. They join more than 265 others who have graduated from Drug Court since its inception in 1999.
In Drug Court, prosecutors and defense attorneys work with the judge and treatment providers to help abusers who have committed non-violent offenses battle their addictions. Those allowed into the program are carefully screened and must remain drug free, submit to random drug tests, find employment, follow through with treatment and attend weekly Drug Court sessions.
Graduation is the final step in this intensive year-long process. Circuit Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes presides over Drug Court. State’s Attorney Glasgow spearheaded the creation of the program in the late 1990s. He was one of the first state’s attorney’s to fully embrace the value of a well-run drug court program.
“Drug Court helps recovering addicts get their lives back on track, and it’s a tremendous value for our taxpayers,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “I can’t stress enough that every dollar we spend on a prevention program like Drug Court saves ten times the money for taxpayers when we compare it to the costs of prosecuting and incarcerating non-violent offenders.”
For more information on Drug Court, go to http://www.willcountysao.com/ and click on Crime Prevention.