The Conasauga Circuit Drug Court, which serves both Whitfield and Murray counties, will commemorate its 76th Graduation Ceremony. Judge Wilbanks, who will deliver the keynote address, invites the public to attend this ceremony on Thursday, June 27 at the Whitfield County, Georgia Courthouse, at 10 a.m. A reception with refreshments will immediately follow at the Courthouse.
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.
"Treatment courts continue to demonstrate that they work better than jail, prison or probation".