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7 honored at first felony drug court graduation

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Danielle Randolph, one of seven former Madera County probationers to attend Felony Drug Court’s first graduation ceremony, found it ironic that she was celebrating in the county’s Juvenile Correction Camp — the only building she could see from her Madera County Jail cell window when she was locked up two years ago.

“Thank you for throwing me in jail — seriously,” Randolph said to Madera County Judge Ernie LiCalsi as she accepted her graduation certificate Wednesday evening. “And thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.”

Felony Drug Court is a drug offender’s last chance before getting sent to prison — and a privilege, LiCalsi said.

It’s also very hard to graduate from...


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