Castellani 66L Recognized at St. Thomas More Society’s Red Mass
Robert J. Castellani 66L, DeKalb County Superior Court Senior Judge and a senior fellow at Emory’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion, was honored at the St. Thomas More Society’s annual Red Mass.
Castellani’s work to establish the DeKalb Drug Court Program in 2002 earned him recognition for efforts to “restore and uplift the individual in measuring out justice in society.”
The St. Thomas More Society is an organization of Catholic lawyers with a chapter in the archdiocese.
Castellani said he helped organize the program after years of watching the same defendants break probation and parole and wind up back before him because of their addictions. The emphasis is on treatment, community service and court oversight to help them break their dependencies.
Addressing defendants’ drug problems with alternatives such as the drug court is ultimately cheaper for taxpayers, he said.
“It’s a good investment,” said Castellani, told the Georgia Bulletin in a story published Dec. 8. He also refused to take credit for the program’s success alone.
“I don’t deserve it. I’ll accept it on behalf of the team,” he said. The program depends on contributions from everyone in the criminal system, he said—police officers, public defenders, prosecutors and social workers.