Kentucky Court of Justice
Deputy chief justice to be guest speaker at Drug Court graduation May 22 for Rowan, Bath/Menifee programs

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 20, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jamie Ball
Public Information Specialist
502-573-2350, x 2233
jamieball@kycourts.net
http://courts.ky.gov
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice Will T. Scott will be the guest speaker at a combined graduation ceremony for Rowan County Drug Court and Bath/Menifee Drug Court on Friday, May 22. Six participants will be recognized for completing the program – five from Rowan County and one from Bath County. The ceremony will be open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Rowan County Courthouse, 627 E. Main St. in Morehead.

Justice Scott represents the 7th Supreme Court District, which is comprised of Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rowan and Wolfe counties. He has been deputy chief justice since July 1, 2006. 

Senior Judge William B. Mains, who conducts Drug Court proceedings for the programs in Rowan County and Bath/Menifee counties, will preside over the graduation ceremony Friday.  

Invitees to the ceremony include law enforcement representatives, elected officials, attorneys and representatives from the local Operation UNITE coalition. UNITE stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigation, Treatment and Education.

Rowan County Drug Court began in September 2006 and Bath/Menifee Drug Court began in September 2007.

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.

The 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.

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.

Kentucky Drug Court is administered through the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort. The AOC is the operational arm of the Kentucky Court of Justice and supports the activities of 3,800 court system employees, including the elected offices of justices, judges and circuit court clerks.

For more information about Drug Court, visit http://courts.ky.gov/stateprograms/drugcourt/.