CLAY COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI)– It’s a big day for Courtney Malone. She’s one of 20 people at Clay County’s Justice Center graduating from the Drug Court Program.
“I got into making a bad decision, a very bad decision. A stupid one I would say. I got myself here and I’m glad I came to this program because it helped me get closer to God and to my family. It kept me from making stupid decisions,” said Malone.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott, State Representatives and Judges from across Northeast Mississippi congratulated each of them for staying on the right track.
“They’ve decided to make that first step in life where they can continue to get back on track and I’m happy for them. And i’m going to be here for them as long as I can,” said Clay County Justice Judge Thomas Hampton.
The program provides different treatment programs for drug offenders. Which is why organizers and leaders want the it to continue. Representative Karl Gibbs plans on asking lawmakers for more funding during next year’s legislative session.
” It saves the taxpayers and everybody when we can have something like this to help people because prisons are overcrowded and we need to not have so many people going so that’s why we need programs like this to be funded,” said Representative Gibbs.
Courtney will never forget this day and encourages those struggling with addiction to keep fighting.
“Keep your head up and make sure you stick to whatever is the right thing to do,” said Malone.
Clay County’s Drug Court program opened in 2011.