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Drug Court softball match

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Drug court participants from the 15th and 12th District Drug Court took to the field to celebrate National Drug Court Month and the court model's 25th anniversary.

The two districts' participants spent the day at Vernon Dahmer Park taking part in a fun and friendly match of softball to see which district would come out on top. Officials stated that drug court has proven substantially more effective than prison in steering drug offenders away from crime for good.

“It’s good for us to get together and have a way of having fun, we do have a rigorous schedule that we keep, the accountability that we provide for the participants to keep them clean, and it’s good to let your hair down and have fun and let them know there are sober ways to do that and you can have fun,” said Crystal Browning, 15th District Drug Court Coordinator.

Today more than 2,840 drug courts are in operation throughout the country. More than 142,000 drug offenders are treated each year nationally, and is believed to have saved 1.3 million lives and billions of tax dollars.

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