Drug Court graduation

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 On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Oakland County Family-Focused Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) conducted its 40th graduation since its inception in June of 2001.

The 127th through the 131st graduates were honored with a ceremony and reception held in courtroom of Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan (right).  

“I am extremely proud of our graduates,” stated Brennan, presiding judge of the JDC. “This program is difficult and challenging and lots of hard work. These are young people who are committed to their sobriety. They have certainly earned my respect.”  

The JDC program is a four-phase intervention program for non-violent juvenile offenders who find it difficult to maintain sobriety.  

The program’s key elements are: treating the entire family, very close judicial and community supervision, intense substance-abuse treatment, frequent drug and alcohol testing, and a long-term commitment to the program requirements. Parent participation is an essential part of the program.

Photo by John Meiu

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