Johnson City Day Reporting Center Holds Graduation

Four Clients Complete The Intensive Drug Treatment Program
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 01:55pm

JOHNSON CITY – The Tennessee Department of Correction Day Reporting Center (DRC) in Johnson City held its ninth graduation last night, marking the completion of the program for four clients.  The graduates have maintained their sobriety for over a year and have completed all three phases of the intensive, substance abuse treatment.  The DRC program which is tailored to each individual took between 12 and 17 months to complete. 

Several other DRC clients were also recognized during the ceremony for their accomplishments while in the program;

·         Two received their HiSet, or adult basic education, certification

·         Six obtained their driver’s licenses

·         Four have maintained their sobriety for 90 days

·         Five have reached 180 days sober

·         Eight were rewarded for maintaining employment for over 90 days, five of which have maintained stable employment for over six months

“Some people may look at this program and think that it is a way for the clients to skip out on going to jail,” Judge Lisa Rice said during the ceremony.  “I’m here to tell you, I’ve worked with the program for a few years now and jail is easy compared to this.  Overcoming addiction is hard, and this program holds every single one of its clients accountable.”

“We’re incredibly proud of the graduates,” said Johnson City DRC Director Ashton Belcher.  “All four have worked really hard, not only to complete the program, but to achieve and maintain their sobriety.  They’re great representatives of our program and how, with real effort and adequate resources, addiction can be overcome.”

Addressing the causes of recidivism through evidence based programs is a central element of the Tennessee Department of Correction’s non-negotiable mission to enhance public safety.  The Johnson City DRC is one of six Day Reporting Centers located throughout the state.  These programs address these barriers to successful reentry through daily reporting, comprehensive treatment, and access to resources, all within a model focused on accountability and self-discipline.  This ensures offenders will gain the tools necessary to successfully reintegrate into society as productive citizens, ready to work.  Learn more about the DRCs by visiting