Kentucky Court of Justice
National motorcycle relay for drug courts to stop at events in Somerset, Lexington and Catlettsburg this week

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2012  
Contact Information:  Jamie Neal
Public Information Specialist
502-573-2350, x 50033

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Motorcyclists on a national relay in support of drug courts will wheel into Somerset, Lexington and Catlettsburg this week to participate in activities for National Drug Court Month in May. The public is invited to attend the events.

The All Rise America! National Motorcycle Relay for Recovery kicked off May 1 in Santa Ana, Calif., and is traveling through 10 states. The ride is sponsored by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and will conclude May 24 in Washington, D.C.

Drug Court graduates, Drug Court professionals, veterans and concerned citizens are carrying an All Rise Gavel more than 3,000 miles on motorcycle during the cross-country event. They are stopping in each of the 10 states to hand off the gavel to a new group of riders and to participate in National Drug Court Month events in honor of individuals who have overcome their addictions and the people who help make it possible.

The passing of the gavel is “a symbol of the collective impact of Drug Courts and a reminder that when one person rises out of addiction and finds recovery, we all rise,” according to the NADCP.

9 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 15
Pulaski County Drug Court graduation and plaque presentation
50 Public Square, Somerset

Guest speakers will include Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY); Robert Rancourt, board chairman for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals; and Laurie K. Dudgeon, director of the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, which administers Kentucky Drug Court.

10:30 a.m. EDT – Motorcyclists depart for Lexington

Fayette County Drug Court

Noon EDT Tuesday, May 15
Motorcyclists will deliver gavel to Fayette Circuit Judge James D. Ishmael to use Tuesday during Drug Court. Judge Ishmael will provide the gavel to Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela R. Goodwine to use Wednesday in Drug Court.

Wednesday, May 16
4-6 p.m. EDT: Rally at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. Speakers include Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble, Drug Court participants and graduates and the recovery community in Lexington.

5 p.m. EDT: Estimated time motorcyclists will arrive at the courthouse plaza for the rally

6 p.m. EDT: Fayette County Drug Court graduation, first floor of the Robert F. Stephens Circuit Courthouse

The Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza is located at 120 N. Limestone St., Lexington

8 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 17 – Motorcyclists depart for Catlettsburg

10 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 17
Boyd County District Drug Court
Plaque presentation by National Association of Drug Court Professionals
In front of the Boyd County Judicial Center, 2805 Louisa Street, Catlettsburg

Kentucky Drug Court
Drug Court is proving to be a positive solution to a serious social problem. The success of Drug Court can be measured in the number of lives changed and the cost savings to Kentucky taxpayers. The program has had a significant impact on reducing rearrest, reconviction and reincarceration rates. The program has resulted in increased payment of delinquent child support and improved employment rates. For every $1 spent on Drug Court graduates, the state saves $2.72 on what it would have spent on incarcerating these individuals.

As of Dec. 31, 2011, 4,926 individuals had graduated from Drug Court programs statewide and participants had paid $3.1 million in child support and $3.6 million in restitution and fines.

The Drug Court mission is to provide a court-supervised treatment alternative that stops illicit drug use and related criminal activity and promotes a positive life change through substance abuse education and treatment.

Kentucky Drug Court is administered through the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort and oversees 55 adult Drug Court programs that serve 115 counties. Drug Court is a division of the AOC Department of Statewide Services.

How Drug Court Works
Drug Court coordinates the efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social services and treatment communities to actively intervene and break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction and crime.

The program consists of three phases that last a total of at least one year and are followed by aftercare. Drug Court staff and participants work together to develop individual program plans with specific responsibilities and goals with timetables. Plans include group, family and individual counseling; frequent and random urine testing; education and vocational training; scheduled payments of restitution, child support and court fees; and health and community activities. Participants report directly to their Drug Court judge, who rewards progress and sanctions noncompliance.

When participants successfully complete the program, charges may be dismissed through diversion, or conditional discharge may be granted through probation. Judges who participate in Drug Court volunteer their time to the program. Most of the program’s funding comes from state funds approved through the Kentucky General Assembly.

Administrative Office of the Courts
The AOC is the operations arm for the state court system and supports the activities of nearly 3,300 court system employees and 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.