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Big Island Drug Court Celebrates 38th Graduation Ceremony

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 in Featured News
Hilo Drug Court Judge Greg Nakamura (center) with the seven members of the Big Island Drug Court’s 38th graduating class, December 8, 2016.

Hilo Drug Court Judge Greg Nakamura (center) with the seven members of the Big Island Drug Court’s 38th graduating class, December 8, 2016.

On December 8, 2016, the Big Island Drug Court held its 38th graduation ceremony in Hilo. Seven new graduates were recognized for their many achievements in completing the intensive 18-month program.

Drug Court is an innovative program that provides alternatives to incarceration. The Big Island program was started in 2002 and has successfully graduated 234 participants (116 from Hilo, 118 from Kona).

In Drug Court, participants have access to a court-based intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program, which also provides intensive case management and probation supervision. Program services include frequent and random drug and alcohol testing, mental health evaluation and treatment, assistance with obtaining employment and housing, random home visits, strict curfew monitoring, and most importantly, frequent review hearings before the Drug Court judge.

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.