NEW DRUG COURT Wayne County To Use New Drug Court Program
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: Chris Mazivanhanga
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Feb. 6, 2012 6:17 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 6:25 PM EST
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, Wayne County
, West Virginia
Wayne County now has a new tool to help fight crime and drug abuse.
It's a drug court program. They held a ceremony Monday in judge Darrell Pratt's courtroom to sign the official order to kick it off. Last year, the 25 drug courts in West Virginia saved the state 31 million dollars. The program will last about 18 months for eligible participants. They'll go through weekly meetings, rehab, regular drug tests, and an intensive counseling program to help rehabilitate them.
Statistics show about 85 percent of offenders who spend time in jail will go back to using drugs, while only about 15-30 percent of drug court participants will relapse.
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