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Maui/Molokai Drug Court Milestone: 700+ Graduates

Posted on Mar 24, 2021 in Featured News, News & Reports

 

Judge Peter Cahill, Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu, Maui County Mayor Michael P. Victorino, the seven graduates, Chief Judge Richard T. Bissen, Jr., and Circuit Court Judge Kelsey Kawano, during the Maui Drug Court graduation, 02/18/2021 at Maui’s Hoapili Hale Courthouse.

Attendees and special guests convened for the 73rd Maui Drug Court graduation, February 18, 2021 at Hoapili Hale. From left: Judge Peter Cahill, Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu, Maui County Mayor Michael P. Victorino, the seven graduates, Chief Judge Richard T. Bissen, Jr., and Circuit Court Judge Kelsey Kawano.

Over the past 20 years, the Maui/Molokai Drug Court has helped 701 individuals recover their health and gain a second chance at life. This milestone was reached when they held their graduation ceremonies in February.

First, Maui Drug Court celebrated the dedication and accomplishments of seven individuals who completed the program on February 18. Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino gave a heartfelt and inspiring congratulatory message to the 73rd graduating class, their guests, and everyone in attendance.

The following day, Molokai Drug Court honored its latest graduate during a ceremony at the Molokai District Court. Attendees had the privilege of hearing from a graduate of the program’s August 2020 class, who reflected on how the program helped her and life-after-Drug-Court.

The Maui/Molokai Drug Court is an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program for justice-involved adults. It was established to address problems stemming from substance abuse, while minimizing the societal costs of drug-related crimes, and protecting the community.

As an alternative to incarceration, the program helps ease both overcrowding in Hawaii’s jails and prisons, and reduces the impact of incarceration on the children and extended family members of the program’s participants.

For more information on the Maui Drug Court, contact the program administrator at 808-442-3850. For information on the Molokai Drug Court, call 808-553-3397.