At the Don Hatch Youth Center, Verle Smith shakes hands with Tulalip Tribes Police Department Deputy Chief Sherman Pruitt before Smith is honored, by friends and family, as the first graduate from the Tulalip Healing to Wellness Court on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 in Tulalip Reservation, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

At the Don Hatch Youth Center, Verle Smith shakes hands with Tulalip Tribes Police Department Deputy Chief Sherman Pruitt before Smith is honored, by friends and family, as the first graduate from the Tulalip Healing to Wellness Court on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 in Tulalip Reservation, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Tulalip man first to graduate from tribes’ Wellness Court

It’s an option for those charged with a nonviolent crime linked to drug use to avoid prosecution.

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