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Drug Court to hold graduation

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — Clayton County Accountability Courts will hold graduation for participants Thursday night at the Justice Center.

Clayton County Superior Court Judge Albert Collier oversees Adult Felony Drug Court and will preside over the 6 p.m. graduation ceremony.

To be successful, participants must follow a grueling schedule that includes successfully completing an intensive 18-month program of constant community supervision, treatment and 12-step group meetings, 9 p.m. curfew, random drug testing, more than 230 hours of community service, attending a financial class and holding a job.

Clayton County Drug Court started in October 2009. Partners include the Clayton County District Attorney's Office, Clayton County state and superior courts, Public Defender's Office, probation officials and Clayton Center.

The accountability program also includes a DUI component operated out of State Court. The DUI Court held a graduation in April to celebrate the completion of the program by nine participants.