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Monmouth Vicinage Holds Drug Court Graduation

For Immediate release: Jan. 31, 2006
For further information contact: Adri Lieb (732) 677-4551

Freehold, NJ-The Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth Vicinage held a Drug Court commencement ceremony at the Manalapan Branch of the Monmouth County Library on Monday, Jan. 30, 2006. The ceremony celebrated the graduation of 14 Drug Court participants.

Drug Court Judge Paul F. Chaiet offered welcoming remarks and presided over the program. The guest speaker was Toni Sauls, counselor at Catholic Charities Project Free.

Drug court programs are rigorous and require intensive supervision based on frequent drug testing and court appearances in addition to tightly structured regimens of treatment and recovery services. An operational program can be found in every vicinage throughout the state.

Drug courts have proven effective at breaking the cycle of drug abuse and crime, giving drug addicts the opportunity to become productive citizens. They are a cost-effective alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders, and they help reduce minority over-representation in prison.

The ceremony marks the third Monmouth Vicinage Drug Court graduation since the inception of the program in April 2002. Monmouth has graduated 37 individuals, with an additional 200 active participants in the program.

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