Oxford drug court holds graduation

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Twenty-four people graduated Wednesday from the Third Circuit Drug Court during a ceremony at the Lafayette County Courthouse in Oxford.

Rev. Joe McKnight, pastor of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ at Blue Mountain, will be the guest speaker.

After graduation, 205 people will remain enrolled in the Third Circuit Drug Court.

Drug courts seek to rehabilitate drug-using offenders through drug treatment and intense supervision with frequent court appearances and random drug testing.

Drug courts offer the incentive of a chance to remain out of jail and be employed and the sanction of a prison sentence if participants fail to remain drug-free and in compliance with all program requirements.

Mississippi currently has 44 drug courts. More than 3,350 people are enrolled in drug courts statewide.

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