"I used to be a criminal" says drug court graduate
]Judge] Connor, who retired earlier this year, received a warm welcome at the ceremony. Many credited his understanding of addiction with the programs' success. While on the bench, he always had a copy of the Narcotics Anonymous handbook nearby. He quoted from it Tuesday.
"He's the best judge," Williams-Mills said later. "I told him, 'You're the first man I ever listened to in my life.'"
"Seen any changes?" Connor asked first those in recovery, then their loved ones and then the Drug Court staff.
Head nods and shouts of yes were his answer.
"What drug court does is changes the lives of people," he said. "And that's what it's about. It's about change. It's about change for the better."