“Sometimes the only thing you need to beat addiction is a second chance at triumph, and there are a number of people in this very room that are living, breathing proof of that fact. We know from research that the longer someone stays in treatment, the more likely they are to succeed. You exemplify success and with the right mindset, courage, and determination, you will continue to succeed,” State’s Attorney Mosby told the audience.

Baltimore’s Drug Treatment Court is one of the nation’s oldest—beginning in 1994— and was developed to stop the cyclical prosecution of residents with drug habits by providing treatment, supervision, and regular court monitoring. The program furthers its holistic and rehabilitative approach to public safety by providing program participants with job and life skill training, mentoring, and academic support.

“From the start of my administration, I promised to fight crime from a holistic perspective.  I love the fact that today’s graduates were able to remain sober for more than a year, heal old wounds, and make real advancements towards attaining a job or an education,” State’s Attorney Mosby said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Gregg Solomon is charged with managing the Office of the State’s Attorney’s obligations. She tracks the progress of the program participants, makes decisions concerning parole violations, and enrolls new program participants into the program as opportunities arise.

“I’ve been doing this for years. It isn’t always easy—but it is very satisfying to see these men and women turn the corner. There is a lot of pride and emotion in the room when these graduations take place. It’s an undeniable achievement the graduates can show their loved ones,” Solomon said.

According to Solomon there are 150 participants currently enrolled in the City’s Drug Court program. Graduation classes range from 15 participants to 50, and occur roughly twice a year. To date, there have been approximately 30 graduates this year.