ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Some drug offenders in Jones County are getting a fresh start, thanks to the county's new drug court.
Tuesday night, the first graduation ceremony for 18th Judicial District Drug Court was held in Ellisville.
The program began three years ago as an alternative to jail time for non-violent offenders.
Six graduates received certificates and each spoke about how the program helped change their lives.
"It was just to stop the revolving door effect of drug users in our area, because you see so many coming in and out of the courtroom," said Charlotte Grayson, drug court coordinator.
"They really care about the drug court participants, but they have to be stern because of the accountability," said Andrea Lubin, a drug court graduate. "It's a wonderful program, everybody is held accountable."
Former Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum established the drug court back in 2012.