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Big Island Drug Court’s 64th Graduation Ceremony Celebrated in Kona

Posted on Oct 31, 2022 in Featured News, News & Reports
Kona Drug Court Presiding Judge Wendy DeWeese and seven Big Island Drug Court graduates stand together in front of the courtroom bench, 10/24/2022.

Kona Drug Court Presiding Judge Wendy DeWeese (third from right) celebrates with seven of the eight graduates who completed the Big Island Drug Court Program.

The Big Island Drug Court’s (BIDC) 64th graduation ceremony at Keahuolu Courthouse, recognized the success of eight new graduates on October 24. Friends and family, along with fellow Drug Court participants, the deputy prosecutor, deputy public defender, and the Judiciary’s Drug Court staff gathered in the courtroom or watched on Zoom in support of the graduates as they took their next steps toward success in life.

Graduates received congratulatory certificates and proclamations from the offices of Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz, Gov. David Ige, State Sen. Dru Kanuha, State Rep. Nicole Lowen, and members of the Hawaii County Council.

The Big Island Drug Court program began in 2002 to address community problems related to substance abuse. Under the leadership of the Drug Court judge, the BIDC works with the prosecutor’s office, public defender’s office, substance abuse and other professional treatment providers, police, and probation to provide effective treatment and support to adults struggling with addiction.

To date, 364 men and women have completed the BIDC’s Adult Program. Approximately 90% have remained conviction-free of felony offenses for at least three years after graduation.

For more about the Big Island Drug Court program, contact the Drug Court Probation office in Hilo at 808-961-7566, or the Drug Court Probation office in Kona at 808-443-2200.