Williamson County Program Works to set DUI Offenders on New Course

January 17, 2017

From the Tennessean

One by one, the graduates stood in the fellowship hall of the St. Paul Episcopal Church on Main Street in Franklin on Monday night and told friends and family they were thankful they were arrested.

It’s not something most people would expect to hear, but in this room, the audience understood. For the speakers, it was the choice between a DUI or possibly someone ending up dead.

It was the end of one journey and the beginning of another. The first started about 10 years ago.

In 2006, the newly elected Williamson County General Sessions judge, Denise Andre, had an epiphany. 

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“I want them to be honest and humble, open to new ideas and new ways of thinking and willing to work on themselves," said Judge Denise Andre about participants in Williamson County's DUI court. "Those are key. I can deal with anything but being dishonest and another DUI arrest.” (Photo: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)