At the summer meeting of the The Virginia Bar Association at the The Homestead, I heard a presentation by Judge Hogshire on Charlottesville on the drug court program he oversees. And, he spoke with a missionary's zeal, describing how he was skeptical of the program he inherited when he came on the bench, it had been started by his predecessors including Judge Swett but it was too new for anyone to have completed the program, and he didn't know how it would work. But now, he will talk at any length about the transformations he has observed in some of the lives of people who have gone through the program.
And, C-ville Weekly has this report on some recent additions to that list.
I'd say that Drug Court Graduation Day is a powerful event.