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VIDEO: Westmoreland drug court graduates 5

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 4:39 p.m.

Five people, including Helena Uncapher, graduated from Westmoreland drug court Thursday.

The intensive court treatment program requires participants to undergo months of close supervision by probation officials and a judge, as well as regular therapy sessions, drug tests and keeping a diary. In its two years of existence, the program has graduated seven participants — the first two in June — and 42 more are enrolled. Sixteen people are on a waiting list.

The special court was initiated in 2015 as county officials struggled with a surging drug epidemic that has flooded courtrooms with cases and prisons with addicted defendants. In exchange for their participation, the defendants can get mitigated sentences.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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