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Rehab Graduation for Drug Offenders

November 03, 1998|CHRIS CEBALLOS

About a dozen felony drug offenders will celebrate their graduation from Orange County's drug court programs this week.

Drug court is a rehabilitation program that enables nonviolent offenders to become drug-free through intense supervision, counseling and frequent court appearances to discuss their progress.

Participants also are required to submit to frequent drug tests, attend self-help meetings and maintain employment or enroll in school. Participants without a high school diploma are required to obtain a GED before graduating from the program.

Orange County's third drug court is scheduled to open in Fullerton in January 1999. A county juvenile drug court is also being planned.

The South Court graduation is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Laguna Niguel City Council Chambers, 27841 La Paz Road.

The Central Court graduation is at 9 a.m. Thursday at Department 1 of the Central Superior Court, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Building 30, Santa Ana.

Information: (949) 362-4300.

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