CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| FEBRUARY 26, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eleven of Louisiana’s 47 Drug Court Programs were awarded certificates by the Louisiana Supreme Court during the 11th Annual Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference held in New Orleans last week. Certificates signed by Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball were presented to the following Drug Court Programs in recognition of ten years of service and commitment to their drug court clients, clients’ families, and the citizens of the parishes they serve: 4th JDC Adult Drug Court Program (Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes); 9th JDC Adult Drug Court Program (Rapides Parish);15th JDC Adult Drug Court (Lafayette Parish);16th JDC Adult Drug Court Program (Iberia Parish); 16th JDC Adult Drug Court Program (St. Mary Parish);19th JDC Adult Drug Court Program (East Baton Rouge Parish); 21st JDC Adult Drug Court Program (Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa Parishes); 22nd JDC Adult Drug Court Program (St. Tammany and Washington Parishes); 24th JDC Adult Drug Court Program (Jefferson Parish); Jefferson Parish Juvenile Drug Court Program; and the Orleans Parish Adult Drug Court Program.
The Conference was co-sponsored by the Louisiana Supreme Court Drug Court Office which currently supports 47 local drug court programs statewide. These 47 programs provide judicial oversight and treatment to over 3,000 adult and juvenile drug court clients each month.
“Judges, district attorneys, public defenders, treatment providers, and others around the State are helping to change the lives of individuals and families who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction,” said Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine D. “Kitty” Kimball, “and in doing so, they are changing communities. We are very grateful for the support we receive from our federal and state partners who make it possible for our courts to do this critical work.”
During the Conference, Judge Keith Comeaux, who serves as both the adult and juvenile drug court judge in the 16th Judicial District- St. Mary Parish, was awarded the prestigious Jake Hadley Award for his dedication and outstanding service to the drug court field.
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