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Drug court graduates pledge sobriety

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

They are graduates, but not from area schools Wednesday night. These graduates are receiving certificates certifying they are no longer struggling with drug addiction and have found sobriety and drug-free lifestyles.

Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason was guest speaker.

Circuit Judge Winston Kidd, who presided over the ceremony, says he's concerned about budget cuts that will close the mental health department's entire male chemical dependency program.

"Many of our participants go to the state hospital for rehabilitation, our male participants and it's my understanding that that program would be cut," said Judge Kidd.. "So we'll have to find other alternatives for our male participants to receive their treatment, so we're very concerned about those cuts."

There were eight graduates tonight and about 150 people are enrolled in the Hinds County Drug Court, hoping to remain out of jail and employed.

This is the 37th graduation exercise for the state's second oldest drug court.

May is National Drug Court Month.

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