It was a happy day in the very full courtroom at Drug Court Thursday. Two participants graduated and five phased up. Drug Court is like a revolving door with participants coming in with addictions and other offenses, and leaving as productive citizens ready to go out into the world and begin a new life being what some of the participants call “normal”.
“I’m excited when I wake-up each day. You should be very excited, you are not behind bars. You get to get up and go to work. You get to do community service and not look at grey bars all day,” said Special Judge Alicia Littlefied as she looks around at the court house full of participants, their friends and family, the drug court team and special guests from NEO A&M.
Court began with the usual introductions and Judge Littlefield fun, only to take a quick turn and have participants reminded of the repercussions of their actions when they don’t follow the rules. There is absolutely no tolerance for breaking the rules in drug court.
One participant was assigned 30 days “downstairs” (as Judge Littlefield calls it) in Delaware County Jail for breaking several drug court rules, such as leaving the county without permission, entering a bar, drinking, and driving intoxicated. Judge Littlefield doesn’t mess around when it comes to breaking the rules.
“You have all the tools to graduate, and remember, you can’t come back to drug court. One day is a miracle. Two days is a miracle. Everyday is a struggle,” Judge Littlefield reminded the graduates.
Judge Littlefield also thanked all the friends and families of the participants for their support, and the employers who are willing to give them a job and a second chance.
Special Judge Littlefield’s Drug Court of Delaware County will receive an award on April 21 for achievement in Education. More information will be available after they receive the award. They will receive the award for having a large amount of people acquiring their GED or a college education.