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Drug Court plans graduation

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:28 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – In celebration of National Drug Court Month, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court will host a commencement ceremony.

Scott Block, director of the Office of Special Projects for the 22nd Circuit, and Court Administrator Dan Wallis will officiate the commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Courtroom 204 of the McHenry County Government Center, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., in Woodstock.

The program will include remarks from State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi, and Circuit Judge Charles P. Weech will be presenting graduation certificates to those individuals who have successfully completed the program.

This is the third Drug Court graduation ceremony since it was convened in December 2011. To date, 17 individuals have successfully completed the program involving comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision and full accountability.

Prior to participating in the Drug Court program, those offenders accounted for 192 criminal misdemeanor, felony and driving under the influence arrests in McHenry County, according to a news release. Since participating, the same group has accumulated two subsequent arrests and two graduates have been charged with a new offense. Had the 17 offenders been traditionally prosecuted, they would have faced a minimum cumulative total of 49 years in prison at a cost of about $1,875,132.

Drug Court is a judicially supervised court docket, which reduces correctional costs, increases community safety and improves public welfare. In Drug Courts, drug-addicted individuals remain in treatment for long periods of time while under close supervision.

They are regularly and randomly tested for drug use, required to appear frequently in court for the judge to review their progress, rewarded for doing well and sanctioned for not living up to their obligations.

For information on the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Court Program, call Block at 815-334-4913.

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