Charles County Juvenile Drug Court Celebrates Another Success Story

LA PLATA, Md. (March 07, 2010)—Under the Judicial direction of Administrative Judge Amy J. Bragunier and Master Douglas C. Cooley, another participant of the Charles County Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) program celebrated her successful completion on Tuesday, February 23, at the Charles County Courthouse.

Entering its fourth year of operation, the JDC continues to offer the youth of Charles County and their families a support system with life skills training to assist in the development and strength necessary to lead substance and crime free lives. Along with the graduate, her family, friends and fellow participants, the graduation attendees included the numerous community partners who greatly contribute to the program by offering drug court participants an access to an array of services. These organizations include: the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Basketball team, the Hawk’s host the JDC-CSM Basketball peer-to-peer Mentoring Program, Spring Dell Center, Hospice, and University of Maryland Extension Services.

Also on hand for the ceremony was Sheriff Rex Coffey who received a certificate of appreciation form Judge Bragunier for the unwavering support and active participation of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in the Juvenile Drug Court program. After the very moving ceremony, the crowd gathered in the courthouse atrium for a delicious buffet provided by Algernon Wynter, Proprietor of the Outback Steakhouse of La Plata.

Charles County Commissioner President Wayne Cooper commented, “The Juvenile Drug Court is a great program. I have been very impressed with its accomplishments. By giving the youth a second chance and offering them educational opportunities, we are preparing them to be better Charles County citizens.”

The JDC meets the challenge of providing proactive treatment and rehabilitation services for youth within the juvenile justice system. Including Tuesday’s JDC graduate, 20 participants successfully completed the intensive 12-18 month treatment regiment and a total of 50 who have been accepted into the program.

Source: Charles County Commissioners

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