Drug Court Graduate Reunited With Child
DRUG DEPENDENCY PROGRAM: First mother graduates
Court helps women regain custody of kids
Clark County District Judge Jennifer Elliot, who meets with the mothers each week, acknowledged that some members of society will pass judgment on rehabilitation programs.
But drug courts work, she said. A study by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals concluded that 75 percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program.
And for every $1 invested in drug courts nationwide, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice costs, the study concluded.
"This is our community's best line of defense," Elliot said.
Read the article and think about the long-term impact on a child who is now being raised by a sober mom instead of in foster care: