Drug Court class prepares to graduate

Drug Court class prepares to graduate

On Monday, another handful of people will publicly celebrate being drug, alcohol and crime-free for at least the last year as they graduate from Champaign County Drug Court in Urbana. Staff writerMary Schenk caught up with drug court czar Judge Jeff Ford for a look by the numbers.


Year program started.


Number of graduating classes.


Number of graduates in Monday's class.


Number of graduates since program began.

18 months

Average time each of the three spent in drug court.


Age of oldest of the three graduates.


Age of youngest of the three graduates.


Average number of years they used drugs before entering drug court.


Age at which one graduate started using heroin.


Age at which that same graduate started using cocaine.


Number of felonies they had racked up prior to drug court.


Number of misdemeanors they had before drug court.


Number of petty traffic tickets they had before drug court.


Number of community-based sentences they had for all those crimes.


Straight jail sentences they had.


Crimes or tickets since being in drug court.

For more information ... on the program and stories of previous successful graduates, go to http://www.co.champaign.il.us and click on Drug Court Program in lower left.


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Local Yocal wrote on December 15, 2013 at 2:12 am
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Perhaps a little perspective is in order: according to the Champaign County Sheriff, between the years 2007-2011, there were 11,094 drug arrests in Champaign County. The state's attorney does not release type of convictions in their annual reports, however, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority publishes that between the years 2000-2009, Champaign County sent 1,599 people to prison for drugs. (The number of people convicted for drugs is way higher.)

So drug court's 206 graduates in 14 years is window dressing covering the real attitude of the criminal justice system and is but a drop in a bucket.