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Big Island Drug Court 48th and 49th Graduation Ceremonies

Posted on Oct 11, 2019 in Featured News, News & Reports


Chief Judge Greg Nakamura with three Big Island Drug Court graduates and Public Defender Sherilyn Tavares at the 48th graduation ceremony, August 29, 2019.

Third Circuit Chief Judge and Hilo Drug Court Judge Greg Nakamura (second from left) joined Public Defender Sherilyn Tavares (right) in congratulating the Big Island Drug Court Program’s three graduates at its 48th ceremony.

The Big Island Drug Court (BIDC) celebrated the achievements of three graduates in Hilo at a special courtroom ceremony on August 29, 2019. Each was presented with certificates of commendation and recognition by representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Judge Melvin H. Fujino in his courtroom at the Keahuolu Courthouse in Kona with six Big Island Drug Court graduates at the 49th graduation ceremony, October 7, 2019.

Third Circuit Court Judge and Kona Drug Court Judge Melvin H. Fujino welcomed special guests and spoke of the journey the six graduates took to complete their intensive treatment program at the Big Island Drug Court’s 49th graduation ceremony.

The first Drug Court graduation ceremony to be held in the Keahuolu Courthouse in Kona took place on October 7, 2019. Family, friends, dignitaries and special guests gathered to recognize the success of six individuals who marked a new beginning in their lives.

The BIDC assists individuals break from addiction and acquire new skills to improve their lives. The program provides alternatives to incarceration, helps reduce recidivism, and saves taxpayer dollars.

Statistics show that 90 percent of those who have completed the BIDC’s intensive treatment program have not been convicted of new felony charges for up to three years following graduation.

For information about how you can become a supporter through the Friends of the Big Island Drug Court, contact the Drug Court Probation office in Hilo at (808) 961-7566, or in Kona at (808) 443-2200.