MURPHYSBORO – The Jackson County Drug Court invites you to its second graduation ceremony Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro. It will follow the regularly scheduled Drug Court hearing.

The graduation follows two years of a participant’s compliance with the tiered, rigorous program. The completion of drug court is no small task as the program blends intensive treatment and therapy while working to change the social environments that have contributed to a pattern of addiction and criminality.

The Jackson County Drug Court was established in January of 2022 as a collaborative effort between the criminal justice system and treatment providers to reduce recidivism and break the cycle of substance abuse.

Drug Courts trust an evidence-based approach and work in collaboration with community providers for substance abuse, mental health, and other ancillary treatment and services. Studies have shown that Drug Courts significantly reduce crime by an average of 8 to 26 percentage points, and in some cases by as much as 35 percent, compared to traditional case dispositions.