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Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem Vicinage to Hold Virtual Drug Court Graduations Oct. 26

Drug court alumni will share their recovery experiences, as well as messages of strength and hope.

The recovery court programs in Gloucester and Salem counties will hold graduation celebrations on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. in courtroom 303 of the Gloucester County Justice Complex, 70 Hunter St., Woodbury.

Superior Court Judge Michael J. Silvanio will preside over the events, which will celebrate the success of seven participants who have met all requirements and have successfully completed the program.

The graduates and alumni will share their recovery experiences, as well as messages of strength and hope. Current recovery court participants will attend the celebration virtually.

The vicinage’s recovery court, which has programs in Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties, is one of the largest in New Jersey.

The programs, operating since 2002, have served 2,937 people and have graduated 859 participants.

The Judiciary’s recovery court program operates within the Superior Court to address nonviolent drug-related cases.

The rigorous program requires the completion of five phases of intensive drug and alcohol treatment that includes intensive probation supervision, frequent drug testing, and virtual court appearances.

This level of supervision permits the program to support the recovery process but also allows the recovery court team to react quickly to impose appropriate therapeutic sanctions or reinstate criminal proceedings when participants do not comply.

The ceremony can be viewed live here on the Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem channel.

For more information, contact vicinage Recovery Court Coordinator Dean Bowman at 856-8785050, ext. 15347.