RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- This month, drug courts throughout the nation are celebrating National Drug Court Month. The City of Reno celebrated on Monday with its first-ever public Drug Court Graduation.
Nnevada was one of the first states to create and use these unique programs, and their success has helped hundred of individuals integrate back into society and live successful lives. Drug Courts are judicially-supervised programs, designed to help stop the abuse of alcohol, drugs and related criminal activity. As part of these programs, drug- and alcohol-addicted individuals remain in treatment for long periods of time while under close supervision.
"They get their families back, they get jobs, they get their education," said Reno Municipal Court Judge Dorothy Nash Holmes. "Some are in college, some have gotten their GED, some have their driver's license for the first time in 10 years. All of them are clean and sober."
To ensure accountability, those who are in the program are regularly tested for drug and alcohol use and required to appear regularly in court for the judge to review their progress.