ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It's graduation day for eight people who have been in and out of the criminal justice system.
The Therapeutic Intervention Program or "TIP" held its 15th graduation ceremony Wednesday inside the Winneabgo County Court House. The program helps non-violent offenders whose mental illness has been the primary factor in their criminal behavior. The program is voluntary and its ultimate goal is to make sure graduates say out of the criminal justice system. Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Judge Janet Holmgren says it usually takes someone up to three years to graduate.
"graduation day is always the best day because you see people enjoying and celebrating their success. The eight people today have worked extremely hard and I'm extremely proud of them as well was all of our team members," Holmgren said.
Since 2005, nearly 90 people have graduated from the tip program.