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Many Celebrate Ten Successful Years of Adult Drug Court Program

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - It was a celebration of life and change at the Benton County Justice Center Wednesday night.

Law enforcement officers, judges, community members, and graduates packed into a courtroom to recognize ten successful years of the adult drug court program.

People were standing and extra chairs had to be brought in so everyone could celebrate a decade of the program that has helped so many people get their lives back. The program helps addicts go through treatment instead of locking them behind bars.

Leo Bowman helped start the program in 2003 when he was a Benton County Commissioner. On Wednesday he told NBC Right now he is very proud of the impact drug court has made.

"It gets people off the streets, gives them back their self respect, brings their families back together, makes them productive, it's just a wonderful program," Bowman said.

Judge Carrie Runge also spoke Wednesday and said the drug court program not only helps change lives, but also helps the community as well.

The judge said for each dollar tax payers spend to support drug court, there's a cost benefit savings of more than $4, and that number is expected to increase as drug court does.