Warrick County Drunk Driving and Drug Court Graduation
January 19, 2012
I have known many of you for many years- some of you I did not know, but you all have been known to me by your first name of State of Indiana versus.
I have listened to you in court. I have seen your loved ones watching you brought before the court in shackles. You were doing drugs, stealing and lying to support the habit. Your children were being taken care of by others. You had no worries. But you were a menace to friends, family, and to people you didn’t even know. Your mothers and fathers and others that loved you tried to change you and they went to hell and back because of you.
Then there was that turning point in your life-
What was it? Was there no more faith? Was there no more bond money? Was it your attorney telling you about how many years you were facing?
Only you know what it was.
At that point you realized your life had to go in another direction.
What did this new direction look like?
It looked like Lisa (Lisa Seif, Director of the Program)
It looked like Mel (Mel Catlin, Case Manager)
It looked like Nels (Nels Walker, Compliance Officer)
It looked like the Judge (Honorable Keith A. Meier)
It looked like Zach (Zach Winsett, Participant Advocate)
And it even looked like me.
But even with all who believed in you. There is one common denominator among you – you had come to a place of acceptance.
That acceptance has made it possible for you to make the decision: to become and remain clean and sober. Each of you has made it through this program. With help, with family, with the strength of your own character each of you has done it. Each of you and all of you represent a great achievement. Go out in the world and be proud of yourself and what you’ve achieved.
Thank you for what you’ve done.
JoAnn Jacob Krantz
Warrick County Prosecutor