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Greater Cleveland Drug Court Stages 58th Graduation

Aug 13, 2018
(Cleveland) – The 58th Graduation Ceremony of the Greater Cleveland Drug Court, under the direction of Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lauren C. Moore, took place Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cuyahoga County Jury Assembly Room located on the fourth floor of the Justice Center.
Contact:  Ed Ferenc, Public Information Officer                                  
Cleveland Municipal Court
216 664 6787 / 216 789 2597
ference@cmcoh.org     www.cmcoh.org

3 DSC_0831 cap4(Cleveland) – The 58th Graduation Ceremony of the Greater Cleveland Drug Court, under the direction of Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Lauren C. Moore, took place Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cuyahoga County Jury Assembly Room located on the fourth floor of the Justice Center.

A total of 13 people graduated, which brings the total number of people who have successfully completed the program to 1,693 since it began 20 years ago.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Jim Joyner, a licensed independent 4 DSC_0813 cap7chemical dependency counselor clinical supervisor who has spent 47 years helping people fight their battles with addiction.

“You can’t make a difference in a person’s life in they can’t make a different life and Drug Court affords them that opportunity,” said Mr. Joyner.

Participants in the Greater Cleveland Drug Court generally spend 12 to 20 months in the program. Longer cases may occur due to the fact that opiate addicts generally need more treatment time.  This year, four of the graduates entered the program with felonies, while the others were charged with lesser offenses.

Specialized dockets like the Greater Cleveland Drug Court are dedicated to handling offenses related to substance abuse, and use a combination of techniques for holding the offenders accountable while also addressing the underlying causes of their behavior.

There are more than 150 specialized dockets in Ohio. In 2014, this particular docket was certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio. The Drug Court Program began in the Cleveland Municipal Court in 1998, however, and has since expanded to other parts of Cuyahoga County.
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