(Cleveland) - Twenty-Seven men and women graduated from the Cleveland Municipal Drug Court Wednesday headed up by Judge Anita Lassiter-Mays.
The graduates were enrolled into the drug court after catching cases for drug related crimes including drug trafficking and drug abuse.
Reverand Lavelle Henderson is a recovery coach in the drug court and associate pastor at the Fifth Church of God on Cleveland's eastside.
He was the keynote speaker at Wednesday's graduation ceremony. The Reverand, too, is in recovery.
He began using alcohol at the age of seven before becoming a full-fledged heroin user for many years.
Rev. Henderson spent two stints in the penetentiary, overdosed a couple of times and endured two failed marriages.
He now has 23 years of clean and sober living under his belt. Court graduates had their drug cases expunged once they completed the program.
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