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Reclaiming their lives

The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photos

First photo: Second Circuit judges and graduates pose for a photo after the 74th Maui Drug Court graduation Thursday in the courtroom of 2nd Circuit Chief Judge Richard Bissen, who serves as the Drug Court judge. He stands behind (from left) Judge Peter Cahill, alumnus speaker David Lawson, graduates Edward “Kalani” Kaluau, Sarah Jordan and Rory Young and Judge Kelsey Kawano. Including the three graduates Thursday, 666 people have graduated from the Maui Drug Court since it was started in 2000, Bissen said. The Molokai Drug Court has had 38 graduates since 2006. A proclamation by Gov. David Ige designates May as National Drug Court Month in the state, in recognition of “the value and impact of Drug Courts that provide hope and opportunities for individuals to reclaim their lives from substance abuse.”

Second photo: Nashonda McGaughy, a court officer for the Maui Drug Court, takes for a selfie with graduates Sarah Jordan and Rory Young after the 74th Maui Drug Court graduation ceremony Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court.

Third photo: Graduate Sarah Jordan speaks to friends and family members in the courtroom gallery at the 74th Maui Drug Court graduation Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court. Jordan is the first Drug Court participant to go through the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program run by the Maui Police Department with Mental Health Kokua to connect low-level offenders with community-based services. “Because of you, that program went on to help others,” 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen told Jordan, who had her probation ended early when she graduated.

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