For Immediate Release: December 7, 2016

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that the District Court Drug Treatment Court will graduate nine more participants for 2016 on Thursday, December 8th at 1:30 in Annapolis District Courtroom 5.

"I am a proud partner of our Drug Court initiative and encouraged by the hard work of each of our graduates," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "This program allows us to help non-violent drug offenders become productive citizens as they return to the community, as well as reducing the many crimes associated with drug addiction."

Speakers for this graduation will include a panel of three former Drug Treatment Court graduates who have successfully continued the path of sobriety.

"It is a testimony to the success of the program to have past graduates volunteer their time to support and inspire future classes," said Adams.

The Anne Arundel County District Court Adult Drug Treatment Court initiative began in 1997. The District Court program has served more than 2,000 participants. In 2016, the Anne Arundel County District Court program graduated 62 clients and the Circuit Court program graduated 26 clients.

In addition to saving lives and deterring victimization and recidivism, the Adult Drug Court Treatment program saves money. It is estimated that the cost of Drug Court is approximately 10% of what it would cost to have that same person incarcerated.

Drug Treatment Court works to improve our community through enhanced public safety by providing judicially-supervised treatment to substance abuse offenders, thereby reducing the social and economic costs of criminal activity and traditional incarceration. It is a collaborative effort among the Circuit and District Courts, the State's Attorney's Office, the Maryland Judiciary Office of Problem Solving Courts, the Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant, the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Office of the Public Defender, the Division of Parole and Probation, and the Department of Health. Relationships with other community agencies such as the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, and the many local treatment providers are considered vital to the success of the program.

This graduation is also supported by donations from Main Ingredient, Applebee's, Chick-fil-A, Grauls, and Bow Tie Cinema.

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