court graduates 10 grateful people
By Ben Walker
April 20, 2006 | Ten people graduated
from Judge Thomas Willmore's drug court Tuesday and
Willmore told them he never wanted to see them back
Each of the graduates had a support group consisting
of family members, friends, co-workers or a combination
of the three. Willmore's court didn't have sufficient
space, so the group packed Judge Gordon Low's court
Every one of the graduates had a turn to stand and
speak. Many gave thanks for the drug court program,
counselors, family members and for Willmore's help.
"I thought it'll be a cold day at the equator before
I say I'm thankful for drug court," graduate Judy Hall
said. "Thankfully, through drug court we all have the
tools we need to work through this for the rest of our
"It takes a lifetime to cope with your addiction,"
Willmore said. "It takes every minute of every day,
one day at a time."
Drug court has been active in Logan since 2000. The
program requires at least 52 consecutive weeks with
clean drug tests which are conducted randomly.
"When I got in trouble, I was jobless and moneyless.
My family didn't trust me and my friends that I had
were gone when I got arrested," graduate Matt Nielsen
said. "After 15 months, I have a job and my parents
trust me for the first time in who knows how long."
The concept of drug court includes a guilty plea by
the accused, which is then put on hold while the person
goes through drug court treatment. If the person graduates,
the plea is revoked and charges are dropped.
Willmore granted such benefits to all 10 graduates.
"I'm just happy," said graduate Skyler Thompson. "It
feels good to be clean and I don't know how to explain
Nielsen said, "This program works. It's changed my