FAIRFIELD — Two men were lauded Monday for graduating from the court’s drug court program and having pending felony drug charges against them dropped.
Stephan T. Koch-Jordan, 30, and Elvis Perez, 32, are two of dozens of drug addicts who participated for months in the program that includes regular drug testing, counseling and required attendance at the courthouse for monitoring and supervision.
Judge Wendy G. Getty, who oversees the drug court program in Fairfield, said that while only two program members graduated from the program this year, the future held “infinite possibility.”
Monday’s ceremony took place in a courtroom crowded with top local criminal justice officials, government officials and drug addicts. Getty reminded participants that it’s “not about the destination, but it’s about the journey,” before she spoke briefly to Koch-Jordan and Perez.
“You are important, you are worth the work and you matter,” Getty told each of them.
The program manager gave each graduate a bouquet of “genuine imitation roses” to give to somebody who provided them support as they worked toward ongoing sobriety. Staff from local state Assembly, state Senate and congressional offices presented each graduate with gold-embossed certificates acknowledging their accomplishments.
Getty ended the event by adjourning her court so that everyone could enjoy some cupcakes.
The drug court program was recently awarded a grant of $188,000 to pay for an additional program manager for two years, enabling the program to grow from 40 to 75 participants. The court also recently received a grant of more than $900,000 from the state that launched a similar drug court program in Vallejo.
The program, founded in 2007, offers nonviolent drug offenders an alternative to going to jail.
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