Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman will officiate the graduation of 12 individuals from the New Orleans Day Reporting Center (NODRC on next Tuesday, Feb. 14. The ceremony marks the center’s 25th graduation since the program’s inception in 2009.

In all, 577 individuals have successfully completed the requirements of the program since it began eight years ago.

The NODRC program is an alternative to incarceration, which teaches participants the skills and tools necessary to succeed as hardworking members of the greater New Orleans community. The graduating participants have undergone education, employment, substance abuse and anger management classes in addition to individual and group counseling sessions. The NODRC is a partnership between the OPSO and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. The program works to maximize the experience of an individual who is under the supervision of Probation and Parole by assisting them with community re-integration through education, substance abuse treatment, individual and group work, employment, anger management and a variety of other services.