JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that the Will County Drug Court will graduate 16 people who have successfully completed the program and are living drug-free lives.
The Will County Drug Court will hold a graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Victorian Ballroom at the Jacob Henry Mansion, 15 South Richards Street, in Joliet.
Program graduates are from Joliet, Plainfield, Lockport, New Lenox, Glen Ellen, Shorewood, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Monee and Homer Glen. They join more than 330 others who have graduated from Drug Court over the past 14 years.
The Drug Court program is designed 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. The graduation ceremony is the final step in the intensive year long-process.
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 Drug Courts.
“Drug Court helps recovering addicts get their lives back on track, and it’s a tremendous value for our taxpayers,” Glasgow said. “Participants are given the guidance and supervision they need to break their addictions and rejoin the community as productive citizens. Drug Court saves ten times the money for taxpayers when we compare it to the cost of prosecuting and incarcerating non-violent offenders.”
The graduation ceremony is open to the public. For information on the upcoming ceremony, call (815) 774-7852 or (815) 723-1630.