Assignment Judge Deborah Silverman Katz recently announced today that the Camden Vicinage will celebrate an anticipated 25 graduates from its drug court program on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 63 at the Camden County Hall of Justice, 101 S. 5th St., Camden.
The ceremony will formally acknowledge the candidates’ successful completion of the program’s requirements.
Superior Court Judge Kathleen M. Delaney will preside over the ceremony. Speakers will include New Jersey Assistant Deputy Public Defender Lou Presenza and Camden County Assistant Deputy Prosecutor Greg Audino.
Judge Louis J. Presenza, who played a pertinent role in establishing the first drug treatment court in Pennsylvania, will give the keynote address.
The Judiciary’s drug court program operates within the Superior Court to address nonviolent drug addicted offenders. The program requires completion of four phases of intensive drug and alcohol treatment and recovery.
This level of supervision permits the program to support the recovery process but also allows the team to react swiftly to impose appropriate therapeutic interventions or to reinstate criminal proceedings when participants do not comply with the program.
The vicinage’s drug court program began in 1996 and has more than 700 participants and 582 graduates.