New Jersey Drug Court Program: Testimonials

I want to thank God, the court, my probation officer. I never really respected judges and probation officers before. But here they treat you like an adult, and you’re made to feel part of a larger society. The judge has been very friendly and caring. He was there for me, as well as my probation officer. Life is beautiful, but I avoided life. You can’t use mood- or mind-altering chemicals and be part of life. I’m grateful. – Tommy

This is truly, truly a blessed day. It feels so good being clean. Now, people come to me for help! – George

I never liked the program, but I love what’s done for me. – Robert

I want to thank all those who helped me believe that I can make a difference and a change in my life. – Jo

It was hard until I shared for the first time. They make you share. I didn’t believe I had a problem at all until I shared, and then I started crying like a baby. – Keith

With drug court, I learned to be a man, not a kid. I’m studying music again. I don’t know how to read or write, in English or Spanish, but God gave me the ability to have a band. When I go home, I kiss my instruments, because I can’t believe I have this: my music, my apartment. I used to live in abandoned buildings and eat garbage. Now my eyes are open, my mind is clear. People respect me. – Juan

I thank God and family for giving me such a chance. Eighteen years of drug abuse. I was locked up in ’99. I was scared of the real world. All I knew was selling and buying drugs. I thank drug court for helping me get this second chance at life. – Susan

In ’97, I was arrested with crack. I ran and I ran and I ran so hard, until I became the worst person you ever saw on drugs. I felt useless, full of self-pity. I was ashamed. My mother had a double stroke, they came to tell me, and I ran from that, too. Now I have a new life…When I was low, I would remember the words of Psalm 142: I cried unto God with my voice; even unto God did I make my supplication. Consider my complaint; for I am brought very low… O deliver me from my persecutors; for they are too strong for me. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy Name. Thank you, God. I love you. – Marcie

When I was incarcerated, people said I was destined for failure. But if you plan to succeed, you will. Thanks to drug court, I now evaluate homes as a customer service supervisor. I thank the judge and the whole team. — Bob

It’s been real rough for me. I lost my father while I was in drug court, but was able to stay focused. The program allowed me to stay in my hometown and get the support I needed to succeed. — Arnold

You (drug court team) really helped me out. Some nights I’d be crying at 2 in the morning. I would have been dead or in jail. Drug court helped me out a real lot. (The senior probation officer) has been like a brother to me. I wouldn’t have made it without him. — Don

I’d like to thank each person in this program. I got a chance to change my life. — Mary (selected Employee of the Month by her employer)

I had to change the way I think. I’m on the right track now. — Maurice

Thanks for seeing something in me that I didn’t see in myself. — Susan

I want to thank God for giving me another chance when I had given up on myself. He picked me up. Jail saved my life. This drug court program works. The key is honesty with yourself. — John

Thank you, Drug Court, for giving me another opportunity to straighten my life out.

Names have been changed to protect identities.

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