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Forsyth DUI Court Marks 15th Anniversary with Special Graduation Ceremony

The Forsyth County DUI Court will hold a special graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 2nd at 3:00pm at the Lanier Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd, to celebrate its 15th Anniversary.

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton will join the celebration as the featured guest speaker. Forsyth County State Chief Judge T. Russell McClelland, presiding judge of the DUI Court who started the program in 2006, will comment on the achievements of the past 15 years and personally congratulate the current graduates.

Seven participants are slated to graduate from the Forsyth County DUI Court program on Wednesday, bringing the total number of graduates to date in 2021 to approximately 300. Graduation marks a DUI Court participant’s completion of an intensive treatment program which also includes supervision, in court review hearings, frequent alcohol and drug testing, substantial judicial oversight, and full accountability by the DUI Court participant.

The Forsyth County DUI Court continues to have a positive impact by reducing alcoholism and recidivism, reuniting families, and making the community safer while providing alternatives to incarceration that cost less and are more effective. National statistics show participants are three times less likely to be arrested for DUI one year after completing the program than people who did not participate. Participants are also four times less likely to be arrested for DUI two years after completing the program.

Chief Judge T. Russell McClelland

Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton