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John Snyder, left, and Justin Brown grab lunch at Pepe’s Cafe in Cottonwood on Wednesday. Brown works for Snyder’s construction company now. Both are graduates of the Yavapai County Drug and DUI Court . VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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NEW LEASE ON LIFE

When other options are grim, drug court becomes lifeline

Justin Brown and Jon Knight are the latest success stories as graduates of the Yavapai County Drug and DUI Court program. With clear eyes and candid stories, they told dozens of other students, sponsors, parents and others gathered for the graduation that in the end it is actually easy once you are honest with yourself and diligently work your way through the program.