Clarence Johnson speaks at his graduation

November 26, 2012 | 5:31 p.m. CST
This photo provided by the Fifth Judicial Circuit Office shows Clarence Johnson speaking at his Sept. 12 graduation from veterans court. Johnson was among the first 18 people to finish the program, the only of its kind in South Carolina, which offers veterans facing nonviolent drug offenses a chance to stay out of jail as long as they comply with court-ordered attendance at rehab and meetings.

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