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Drug Court graduation ceremony is sign of hope in Ashtabula County


Now is the time for a better life for graduates.

William A. West

JEFFERSON_Judges, law enforcement, family and friends applauded the efforts of eight graduates Thursday during the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas Drug Court graduation ceremony in the Jefferson Area High School auditorium in Jefferson. Matt Butler, clinical supervisor at Community Counseling Center, did the introduction and Common Pleas Judge Gary Yost welcomed visitors and graduates to the ceremony. Yost oversees the drug court program and works with Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci.

William A. West / Ashtabula County Drug Court graduate Amanda Lawrence receives a hug from Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci during the graduation ceremony Thursday, July 27 at the Jefferson Area High School auditorium.

November 2016 Drug Court graduate Heather Hall was the guest speaker.
The graduates are Thyessa Taylor, Trevor Howell, Amanda Lawrence and Erica Burgess.
The Ashtabula County Drug Court Program is a program for persons who qualify for specialized programming as part of a diversion program or as a condition of community control supervision. The primary function of the DCP is to ensure that participants live a drug-free life. The Judge, treatment staff and the probation department monitor the progress of the participants.The DCP Judge, County Prosecutor, County Public Defender, Adult Probation, Lake Area Recovery Center and the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program have all agreed to the terms and conditions of the ACDCP.
The DCP serves Ashtabula County residents who suffer from a drug and/or alcohol dependency that has contributed to the commission of a charged offense, and who require more intense court-monitored treatment in order to enhance their ability to lead a law-abiding life.





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