Drug Court Graduation

Several former drug abusers shed tears in a Perry County courtroom Tuesday, but they were not tears of sadness.

The latest class of drug court participants say they're thankful to have their lives back.

WYMT’s Marie Luby was there as they shared their incredible stories with family, friends and one U.S. Congressman at their graduation.

Tiffany Maniece is determined to win back custody of her 8-year-old daughter, “Now that I've accomplished drug court I know that I can do anything.”

As she read from a simple piece of paper, she felt closer to a reunion than she ever thought possible.

“I was on drugs really, really bad. I didn't care whether I lived or died. I just lost all hope and faith,” Maniece said.

Congressman Hal Rogers praised graduates for their courage.

“It's almost a religious experience to see these people stand before the community and bare their soul, I mean that has got to be one of the toughest things that you can do,” Congressman Rogers said.

Officials say drug court graduates repeat drug crimes less than half as much as non-participants.

Rogers says more babies born drug-free is an even more important measure of success.

“These babies, otherwise born into slavery are born free, and they have hope and a life ahead of them that they would not have had otherwise,” Maniece said.

Maniece is doing her part to add to the statistic with a new child due in February.

Maniece says she's ready to start a new life with both of her children.

Officials say 20 percent of drug court graduates repeat their crimes, compared with 57 percent of convicts who don't go through the program.

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  • by N.C. on Aug 30, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    I'd drather have something like a free driving classinstead of a drug court.
  • by uk Location: lex on Aug 30, 2007 at 12:08 PM
    Are you asking if i'd rather my tax money go to keep a addict in or out of jail and to help change their lives and yes i'll give my tax money to the drug courts.if it helps 1 person who is addicted from committing another crime and helps keep them off of drugs,yes!!
  • by Loretta Location: Perry Co. on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:14 AM
    Way to go everyone! Missy, Jonie, Donna, Mike, Jenn, Tiffany, Chasity, and Tracy! Perry County Drug court Graduates.
  • by Ray Location: Perry Co. on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:12 AM
    Congadulatios! Missy, Jennifer, Donna, Joanie, Mike, Chasity, Tiffiany, and Tracy, a job well done. Perry County Drug COURT.
  • by Tammy Location: Perry Co. on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:07 AM
    To all the gaduates congradulations! God Bless, and stay Drug Free one day at a time.
  • by N.C. on Aug 29, 2007 at 10:41 AM
    So is this now funded by taxpayer dollars??
  • by sue Location: floyd Co, ky on Aug 29, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    To N.C Drug Court is funded through the grant that Hal Rogers got for U.N.I.T.E. in the 5th Congressional District but as that ends the state of KY is keeping the program going. Most of KY now has a Drug Court Program.
  • by N.C Location: Ky on Aug 28, 2007 at 08:24 PM
    How is this program funded???
  • by Carol Location: Whitley Co., KY on Aug 28, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    Congratulations to all graduates of this and all drug courts! And, thanks so much to Congressman Rogers and all others who have the foresight to support efforts to recover from the unhealthy effects of drugs on so many in our communities. May God's grace continue to be heard, as He never leaves us, although we may leave Him so often in our walk through this world! Health and happiness comes only when we strive for the best and settle for no less! All communities can reach maximum potential when all of its citizens decide that they will be more neighborly to their neighbors, and will reach out and speak up for justice, accepting nothing less!


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