Miami Dade's Drug Court (Motto: "First in the nation") celebrated twenty five years today with a graduation ceremony attended by dignitaries and retired Judges Jeffrey Rosinek and Herb Klein, and former drug court judge Deborah White-Labora.
Miami Dade did indeed launch the first drug court in the nation and that is something we all should be justly proud of.
Treating the disease instead of criminalizing the addiction has saved literally tens of thousands of lives.
Judges like Jeff Rosinek, the late Stanley Goldstein and Deborah White-Labora created and carried on a tradition of caring, concern, and successful treatment of drug addiction. The savings of costs to our community in lives saved, families restored, not to mention the return of productive citizens to our community is immeasurable.
It's popular these days to say government doesn't work.
Drug court proves that government works.
Drug court works.
Congratulations to all the clerks, bailiffs, prosecutors, PDs, support staff and judges who dedicated their time and effort to make Miami's Drug court an indispensable and life saving program. You are doing the work of saints. Godspeed.
Enjoy your wonderful Masters spring weekend.
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