The Conasauga Circuit Drug Court, which serves both the Whitfield and Murray counties, will commemorate May: National Drug Court Month with the second of two graduation ceremonies. This May marks 30 years of Drug Courts in operation across the country.
Judge Wilbanks, who will deliver the keynote address, invites the public to attend this ceremony on Thursday, May 23 at the Whitfield County Courthouse, at 10 a.m. A reception with refreshments will immediately follow at the Courthouse.
This is the court’s 75th ceremony since its founding in 2002. The ceremony will mark 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," officials said. "Treatment courts continue to demonstrate that they work better than jail, prison or probation."