The Franklin County Good Wolf Treatment Court will celebrate the program’s 28th, 29th and 30th graduates during a special ceremony on Nov. 16. The public is invited to attend the program, which will begin at 5 p.m. in the Historic Courtroom of the Franklin County Judicial Center, located at 14 N. Main St., Chambersburg.
Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Miraglia will be the guest speaker for the ceremony. Miraglia is a past graduate of Luzerne County’s Treatment Court. After completing the program, she put herself through Widener University Law School, graduating at the top of her class, and marked 17 years of sobriety in 2023.
“We again celebrate the graduation participants from the Good Wolf Treatment Court,” said Judge Jeremiah Zook. “We invite the community to join us in celebrating these individuals who have demonstrated, by hard work, determination and perseverance, their commitment to living a life free of addiction.”
Good Wolf Treatment Court began in April 2017 in response to the opioid epidemic in Franklin County. The program is a collaborative effort of the probation department, law enforcement, mental health services and treatment counselors. It offers criminal defendants a rigorous and challenging alternative to incarceration, promoting sobriety, recovery, honesty and accountability.
To be eligible, individuals must first be screened and recommended by the Franklin County District Attorney. From there, they are required to undergo a drug and alcohol assessment by a clinical provider, accept responsibility for their criminal conduct, and agree to a sentence that may include jail time along with treatment.
Participants initially appear in treatment court every two weeks so their progress can be closely monitored. Community service is a condition of participation. Honesty and accountability are key components of Good Wolf Treatment Court. Participants can receive incentives or sanctions that coincide with their good or bad behaviors.
To date, 116 individuals have entered into Good Wolf Treatment Court since its inception; 30 have reached graduation – a testament to the program’s strict requirements as well as the challenges individuals face in recovery. The program continues to prove a combination of accountability, engagement, honesty, treatment and life changes can save lives while reducing the associated costs of prosecution and incarceration.
For more information on Good Wolf Treatment Court, call 717-261-3848.