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Celebrating sobriety

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

FIRST PHOTO: At the end of his speech during Thursday afternoon’s 76th Maui/Molokai Drug Court graduation at Hoapili Hale in Wailuku, graduate Dean Line Jr. gestures to the courtroom gallery and acknowledges his mother. “Most of all, thank you mom,” he said. “I love you, mom.” The ceremony included many heartfelt messages and thanks to family members, friends, supporters and Drug Court staff from the 14 graduates of the intensive supervision and treatment program for nonviolent Class “C” or “B” felony offenders in Maui County whose criminal activity stems from alcohol or drug use disorder. Since its inception in the year 2000, 1,408 individuals have been admitted to the program.

SECOND PHOTO: Maui/Molokai Drug Court graduates pose with Drug Court Judge Richard T. Bissen Jr. (front right) and retired Drug Court Judges Shackley F. Raffetto (next to Bissen) and Joseph E. Cardoza (front left) following Thursday’s graduation ceremony in Courtroom Four. Also in the photo is Drug Court Substance Abuse Counselor George Aiwohi Jr. (front center). Raffetto started the program. Cardoza took over the reins until he retired and handed it off to Bissen, who was overseeing his final graduation before retiring.

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