The Conasauga Circuit Drug Court, which serves both the Whitfield and Murray counties, will hold a graduation ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Whitfield County Courthouse at 10 a.m.
The ceremony is an open venue and the public is invited by The Honorable Jim Wilbanks, who will deliver the keynote address. A reception with refreshments will immediately follow at the Courthouse.
This is the court’s 73rd ceremony, since its founding in 2002. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive 24-month program of comprehensive substance use disorder treatment, close supervision and accountability.
"Treatment courts are this nation’s most effective strategy to reduce drug use and recidivism among substance-addicted, nonviolent offenders with criminal histories," officials said. "In the State of Georgia, these courts save up to $5,000 for every individual they serve and each graduate returns as much as $22,125 back in economic benefit.
Nationally, treatment courts return as much as $27 for every $1 invested.
"The uplifting graduation ceremony is evidence of the tremendous impact the Conasauga Drug court has had on our community and will send a powerful message that these programs reduce addiction, crime and recidivism, while saving lives, families and valuable resources for our communities. Treatment courts continue to show that treatment courts work better than jail, prison or probation."
Learn more, on-line, about Conasauga Drug Court and other treatment courts at http://www.whitfieldcountyga.com/sc/treatmentcourt.htm