Press Release

September 26, 2012

 

Will County Drug Court to graduate 11 who beat their addictions

 

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that the Will County Drug Court will graduate 11 people who have completed the program and are living drug-free lives.

 

The Drug Court will hold a graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 27 at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago Street in Joliet. The public is invited to attend. Graduates are from Joliet, Plainfield, Homer Glen, Mokena, Manhattan, Downers Grove and Lemont. They join nearly 300 others who have graduated from Drug Court since 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.

 

State’s Attorney Glasgow spearheaded the creation of the program in the late 1990s. Circuit Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes presides over Drug Court.

 

“Drug Court enabled today’s graduates to take control of their lives and remove themselves from the cycle of addiction,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “Every dollar spent on a prevention program like Drug Court saves ten times the money for taxpayers when the alternative is to imprison non-violent offenders.”

 

For information on Drug Court, visit www.willcountysao.com and click on Special Courts.

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