Juvenile Drug Court project wins awards

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The personal reflections of teenagers in drug treatment in the Anne Arundel County Juvenile Drug Court received five awards this month for photography and writing.

In "Insights: The Identity Project," about 20 teenagers work with professional photographers and writers to create personal photographs and essays. The descriptions in words and pictures are part of the broader Juvenile Drug Court program that includes sending counselors and probation officers to teenagers' homes, therapy sessions, regular drug tests, frequent court appearances, community service, training for the parents and more.

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals gave the awards at its conference in Orlando, Fla.

"This is a process of getting them to think and talk about themselves and their world and what they would like their world to be," said John D. Fullmer, Juvenile Drug Court coordinator. "It's great when they actually do respond. It opens up a whole new world for them."

The exhibit is on display through this week in the Anne Arundel County Courthouse in Annapolis. It will move to the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis for display July 8 through Aug. 12.

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