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Drug Court graduates 12 participants

10/8/2020, 6 a.m.
thetimesweekly.com Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow has announced that 12 individuals from Will County's Drug Court graduated in a ...
Drug Court participants attending graduation ceremony

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Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow has announced that 12 individuals from Will County's Drug Court graduated in a socially distanced ceremony held October 1 during which family members watched via Zoom. Glasgow commended the graduates for continuing their commitment to the program throughout the challenges posed by Covid-19.

"As the pandemic has continued, our Drug Court participants have persevered with dedication on their paths to a better future. These most recent graduates are a testament to how our Drug Court program serves as a crucial hand up to individuals seeking better lives," Glasgow said. "This has been a challenging time for all of us. For these individuals to have maintained their efforts throughout the pandemic speaks volumes about their commitment to making a better life and becoming productive members of society. The Will County Problem Solving Courts are changing lives and keeping individuals out of the prison system on a daily basis."

Circuit Judge Sarah Jones presided over the graduation ceremony. The graduates hail from Joliet, New Lenox, Monee, Shorewood, Essex, Lockport, Plainfield, and Bolingbrook.

Glasgow played an integral role in creating each of Will County's four Problem Solving Courts. He spearheaded the creation of the Drug Court – Will County's first Problem Solving Court – when he wrote and administered the grant that funded its formation. Along with Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney, Glasgow established the Mental Health Court in 2010. He also petitioned for the formation of the Will County Veterans Court, and wrote and obtained the grant for the Adult Redeploy Illinois Court to steer qualifying repeat offenders away from prison and into gainful employment.

State's Attorney Glasgow also established three residential facilities to further help Problem Solving Court participants on the path to reentry. The Miller Taylor House and Julie Ann House provide temporary housing, and the Connor Kelly Residence, which opened in 2019 provides longer-term transitional housing.