Thursday marks graduation day for Oklahomans who just completed a community sentencing program that kept them out of prison.
These graduations are held every other month at the Oklahoma County courthouse, but this is the first time the media will be allowed inside to show the impact it has on people's lives.
Oklahoma County Community Sentencing is a court ordered program that allows people who have committed a felony to plea into their program instead of serving prison time.
The program connects these people with treatment, work readiness training, mental health training and many other resources that impact their success later in life.
News 9 will have the opportunity to hear from these graduates firsthand and see how this program changed their lives.
"These aren't people who we are going to look at as felons or a DOC number for the rest of their lives," said Jaime Patterson from Oklahoma County Community Sentencing. "These are people who are working and paying taxes and owning homes in the community."
The graduation ceremony will be at the Oklahoma County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Thursday.