User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


49° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Drug Court Graduates Begin New Life

December 19, 2012, 12:18 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Drug Court Graduates Begin New Life
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Two drug offenders who faced prison time are celebrating their sobriety. Wednesday morning those offenders officially graduated from the Drug Court Program in Sioux Falls.

Drug court is for offenders who have been in and out of the system several times and face prison time.  It requires those people to make weekly court appearances and get treatment and counseling.  If they miss any of their appointments or fail any tests, they have to do community service or go to jail.

The graduates have been sober for more than two years and now have steady jobs and are reconnecting with their families.

Judge Pat Riepel leads the Sioux Falls program.

"Their thinking is changing. They are becoming productive members of society. From a judge's perspective being in the business 30 years, this is a huge accomplishment being able to see these people get their lives together and make a difference in this community, a positive difference," Riepel said.

Tonight on KELOLAND News we'll talk with the two graduates and tell you why one says the program literally saved her life.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

ISIS 'Kill List' Said To Include Target In Rapid City

3/24/2015 2:30 PM

CBS News confirms ISIS has a target in South Dakota.

Full Story
Family: Crow Creek BIA Superintendent Stabbed At His Office

3/25/2015 4:36 PM

An investigation is underway into the stabbing of the Crow Creek BIA Superintendent.

Full Story
Empire Mall Burger King Closes

3/22/2015 2:30 PM

The Burger King inside The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls is closing Sunday, March 22.

Full Story
Four Arrested On Drug Charges, Accused Of Making Hashish Oil

3/23/2015 1:32 PM

Four people are accused of making drugs just a block away from from the Clay County sheriff's office.

Full Story
Fatal Crash Near Onida, SD

3/22/2015 3:41 PM

An Onida man was the victim of a fatal crash Sunday morning on US Highway 83, 10 miles south of Onida.

Full Story


Events