FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s drug court program on Monday celebrated its largest annual success since its start in 2007, with six addicts successfully completing the program.
A judge, a prosecutor, defense attorneys, Probation Department staff and others met in Judge Wendy G. Getty’s courtroom to laud the graduates of the program that largely funded by state and federal agencies.
The graduates are among dozens of drug addicts who participated in past months in the program that includes regular drug testing, 12-step meetings, counseling and required attendance at the courthouse for monitoring and supervision.
The six graduates, Alyahe Ali-McCall, David Barthelmess, Elizabeth Busse, Alicia Cabrera, Rachel Dixon and Rikki Johnson, all handed out roses to their families, support team members and sponsors who attended the ceremony.
“It takes a village to run a drug court,” Getty told the crowd.
Ali-McCall thanked the program participants before recalling her mother had been an addict, that her brother was killed when she was 17 and that she had her own kids taken from her partly because of her drug use.
Cabrera recalled using methamphetamine every day during the first four months of her recent pregnancy and using it in her home where her three young children stayed. Her methamphetamine use ended when she was arrested and put into a residential treatment program as part of the drug court program.
Each of the six graduates received certificates for their accomplishments and Getty dismissed felony drug charges that had been hanging over each of their heads before they were given the chance to participate in the program, which offers nonviolent drug offenders an alternative to going to jail.
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