The Barrow County Drug Court has announced that Brad Smith, Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney, will be the featured speaker at the Court’s next commencement. Graduation exercises will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Barrow County Courthouse, 652 Barrow Park Drive, in Winder.
After graduating with honors from The Citadel, Smith received his law degree from the University of Virginia, in 1996. He first began working as an assistant district attorney in the Circuit (comprising Barrow, Banks and Jackson Counties) in 1997. Smith was elected to the position of District Attorney in 2009 and is currently serving his second term.
The District Attorney’s office is among several “stakeholders” in the Drug Court.
Others include the judges of the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, the State Department of Probation, the Public Defender’s Office and Treatment Providers’ Project ADAM and Advantage Behavioral Healthcare. As stakeholders, these entities work together in an effort to improve public safety by addressing substance addiction, which is often at the root of many nonviolent drug and property crimes.
The program features intensive treatment, enforced curfews, frequent and random drug testing and court appearances ranging from weekly to monthly, depending on participant progress. To date, 19 individuals have graduated from the Barrow County Drug Court.