Clayton County Adult Felony Drug Court graduation set Thursday in Jonesboro

JONESBORO — More than three years ago, Clayton County Adult Felony Drug Court held its first graduation to celebrate the sobriety of two participants.

The program, which got started in October 2009, will hold its most recent graduation ceremony Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Clayton County Courthouse jury assembly room on the first floor.

To graduate, participants must have successfully completed an intensive 18-month program of constant community supervision, treatment and 12-step group meetings, met 9 p.m. curfews, undergone random drug testing, performed more than 330 hours of community service, attended a financial class and sustained steady employment.

Offenders are screened and cannot have a violent past or charges involving selling drugs to participate in the program. Participants pay their own way through the program.

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 Courts program also includes a DUI component operated out of State Court. The DUI Court held its 25th graduation in July.

Clayton County Superior Court Judge Albert Collier oversees the felony court and State Court Judge Linda S. Cowen supervises the misdemeanor program.