DETROIT, MI – MAY 1, 2019 – The 36TH District Court announced today that in addition to the 21st Annual Drug and Veterans Treatment Court Graduation Ceremony, a host of other free events are being offered to the public throughout the month of May to celebrate National Drug Court Month. The Court’s community partners will be onsite to answer questions and provide valuable information relating to substance abuse, including the City of Detroit Health Department, the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, and the Detroit Recovery Project.
This year alone, more than 150,000 individuals nationwide who entered the justice system due to addiction will receive lifesaving treatment and the chance to repair their lives, reconnect with their families and find long-term recovery.
Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount stated, “Treatment Courts across the nation will be celebrating National Drug Court Month in a similar fashion. We are very proud of our Specialty Courts and grateful to our judges and staff for their dedication to these critical and often, life changing programs.” She added, “It is very rewarding to experience the countless success stories at each annual graduation ceremony.”
“Treatment Courts work and make sense on so many levels,” stated Court Administrator Kelli Moore Owen. “They have been proven to reduce recidivism and the expense of criminal justice costs for those who would otherwise continue to cycle through the system had a Treatment Court not been available. We are so excited to celebrate this month and offer members of the public assistance with addiction and recovery.”
Probation Director, Wright Wade, is passionate about the effectiveness and success of the Treatment Courts he oversees stating, “There is no greater personal and professional satisfaction than to help others during their darkest times. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of their journey to recovery.”