Drug court graduation draws media attention

Drug court graduate Josh Kerns shares his story through rap.

Drug court graduate Josh Kerns shares his story through rap.

Public defender Natasha Coleman recently asked King County Superior Judge Cheryl Carey if graduates from the King County Adult Diversion Drug Court could share a talent at their graduation ceremony. The judge agreed, and the first such performance happened Wednesday, when rapper Shelby Allen – a 22-year-old man and one of Natasha’s clients – shared his story and his appreciation for Drug Court through a rap he wrote. KCTV, KING5 and KIRO radio were on hand to observe him. Natasha said Shelby was thrilled. “It was the best ceremony I have ever attended. Everyone loved Shelby. He put on sunglasses just before he started to rap and had everyone in the audience singing and rapping with him,” Natasha said.

View the King5 story here and read more at the King County Youth Justice blog.