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Judge and prosecutors take message to classrooms

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski and representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s office are bringing a dose of drug law reality to Southside middle school classes.

According to The Register & Bee, Judge Urbanski was so disillusioned with seeing 18- to 20-year-olds in his courtroom facing stiff prison sentences for drug charges that he decided to take a proactive stance.

His message to eighth-graders: Drugs aren’t worth the prison time.

“We wear out the tissues in my courtroom,” he warned students. “…There are mandatory federal drug penalties with no parole and no getting out early. It’s not pleasant, and it’s not happy.”

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