Office of Drug Control Policy
Governor Fletcher Awards More Than $7.8 Million to Marion County
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher awarded more than $7.8 million in community development funding to Marion County officials on January 30. The announcements came as part of the St. Joe Community Center Building Dedication, held in memory of former Marion County Judge-Executive David Ross Hourigan. The 6,000 square-foot facility will be used to meet community development needs for Marion County and surrounding areas.
Governor Fletcher also presented the Marion County Detention Center with a ceremonial check for $90,000 to enhance the jail’s treatment recovery program, which will provide substance abuse treatment for inmates. The grant money is from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP).
“Drugs are as much a health problem as a crime,” said Governor Fletcher. “Too many Kentuckians who are serving time in jails and prisons aren’t receiving, treatment for their drug addictions. Statistics show drug-addicted inmates will return to jail if we don’t continue to change our approach and treat them while incarcerated.”
The Marion County program started two years ago with 10 inmates and is now providing treatment to more than 40 inmates.
“The jail treatment funding will provide the Marion County Detention Center with the resources needed to treat inmates with substance abuse problems, encouraging them to turn their lives around through treatment,” said Laurie Dudgeon, executive director of ODCP. “Providing effective substance abuse treatment in Kentucky is a priority of this administration and the ODCP.”