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Five Graduate in Benton County Drug Court Wednesday Afternoon

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Benton County courtroom was packed full of family, friends, and supporters as five people that graduated from drug court Wednesday afternoon.

After two years of working to stay clean, Anne Kinne graduated from the program and said it completely changed her life.  She said, "I'm so excited, so thrilled, I'm so proud to have had made it through this program.  It's an incredible program.  It changed by life."

Kinne worked as a registered nurse and got into trouble for stealing prescription drugs and abusing alcohol.  She said her life was empty and desperate.   She said, "My life was a mess.  I needed someone to help me through all the chaos to get my life back on track.  I was completely off and I just needed someone to help me get through that."

Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg said, "No matter what kind of day I've had, I leave these drug court meetings feeling so proud that these people have control of the present and a great future ahead of them."

Kinne said, "I'm so proud to finally be done.  It's been a long road.  It's finally done.  It's nice to be done."

Kinne said she is working on getting her career back on track.

Law Enforcement Officials said they are concerned because federal funding has being cut, jeopardizing programs like drug court.

At the graduation ceremony law enforcement officers and leaders stressed the need for the criminal justice tax that is facing voters in Benton County this November.

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