Statistics Show Drug Court Works
Nathaniel Shorter is the kind of person prosecutors and judges point to when touting new statistics that show the success of Pierce County’s drug court program.
Before his most recent arrest, Shorter, 46, was living in the “jungle” of encampments under Tacoma overpasses, where sparring with rats and raccoons was not uncommon. By the time he started to get clean, he was, in the words of one mentor, “looking like burnt toast.”
In March, Shorter marked the second anniversary of his sobriety and has transformed himself into a choirboy. (Yes, he’s actually singing in a church choir.)