A special graduation at the Harrison County Circuit Courtroom

Shining stars, after a period of darkness, this is how leaders with the Second Circuit Intervention Court of Harrison, Hancock, and Stone Counties are describing today’s graduates of this tough, but effective program.

Tears are usually not a good sign in the courtroom, but on this day, they were tears of joy and plenty to go around as two of seven South Mississippians, along with their family and friends, celebrated a major milestone, completing the Second Circuit Court Intervention Program and starting over with a clean slate. Intervention Court Coordinator Lenora Melton said, “We are a problem-solving court. We assist participants with contributing factors: employment, education, family life and their children. We have excellent treatment and day-to-day monitoring and accountability, and these graduates are shining examples of positive results achieved by intervention court.”

A picture-perfect moment for Kasey Beasley. “I’m so proud of her. She’s my baby sister. I couldn’t be happier for my baby sister, and she’s accomplished a lot.”

A second graduation ceremony was held later Thursday at the Harrison County Courthouse. As for the graduates and their family members, they say they’re all looking forward to this next chapter in life. Graduate Cynthia Reed said, “The sky’s the limit. I’ve got my family back, my self-esteem back. I love myself.”

Things are looking better and brighter, Cynthia Reed is just happy she’ll be spending Christmas at home with those she loves most. “Yes ma’am, with a sober mind at that. I wasn’t able to do this some years ago, but now I can do that and it’s touching.”

For those still struggling with addictions, words of hope: “Every addict’s different, so whatever fits them, do what’s needed because when those charges come, they stick. Not everybody gets that opportunity of Drug Court.”

“I’m a living witness. It worked with me. It can work for you.”

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