The 15th Judicial District Drug Court held its spring graduation March 22.
The program, established in 2002, recognized seven participants for their work to achieve and maintain a positive lifestyle change. Each participant made a minimum two-year commitment to drug court that combines treatment and community-based intensive supervision.
Also recognized were two drug court team members, Logan Rosson, a former graduate of the program who is currently an active team member, and Jimmy Lea Jr., assistant district attorney with the 15th Judicial District attorney general’s office. Both men received J.O. Bond memorial achievement awards for their continued commitment to help others.
Judge John D. Wootten Jr., drug court judge, said drug court is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. Wootten said this year’s graduates demonstrated compliance not only with program structure and accountability, but also they each noted a new self with direction in life.
Drug court members include Wootten, Lea, Public Defender Shelley Thompson Gardner, Cumberland Mental Health director Nathan Miller, Board of Probation and Parole state probation Officer Jeremiah Smith, Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program veterans representative Peter Pritchard with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosson, drug court coordinator Jeff E. Dickson Sr., and case managers Paula Langford and Shelly Allison.
The 15th Judicial District Drug Court program serves Wilson, Trousdale, Macon, Jackson and Smith counties and has been in existence for nearly 17 years.