Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court Celebrates Graduation

Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court Celebrates Graduation

On April 9, 2024, the Southeast Nebraska Adult Drug Court Program celebrated the graduation of four participants at the Nemaha County Courthouse in Auburn. Judge Richard R. Smith and Judge Julie D. Smith presided over the ceremony. We are proud to honor the achievements of graduates Ashley Williams, Justin Williams, Jaiden Waggoner, and Donald Richbourg.

The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment, close supervision, and full accountability for Drug Court graduates. Drug Court is a minimum 20-month program where participants learn the skills to live a successful life free from drugs and alcohol.

Adult Drug Courts are an alternate route through the criminal justice system for nonviolent drug-related offenders, utilizing a specialized team process that functions within the existing court structure. The courts are designed to reduce recidivism and substance use among individuals with substance use disorders. In addition, the court aims to protect public safety and increase the participant's likelihood of successful rehabilitation by utilizing validated risk and need assessments, early and individualized behavioral health treatment, frequent and random chemical testing, incentives, sanctions, and other rehabilitative and ancillary services.

For additional information, please contact: 

Chris Reece, Drug Court Coordinator

Phone: 402-821-7114         Email:


Pictured: (front row) Judge Julie D. Smith and graduates Ashley Williams and Justin Williams.

(back row): Graduates Jaiden Waggoner and Donald Richbourg, and Judge Richard R. Smith.