Office of Drug Control Policy
Governor Fletcher Announces More Than $1.7 Million for Grayson County Community Projects

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Contact Stacy Floden
(502) 564-8220

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited Leitchfield this afternoon to present city and county officials with funding for several community projects. The announcements included $55,295 for the Grayson County Detention Center from the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) to provide substance abuse treatment.

“Drug abuse and addiction are a statewide problem that doesn’t stop at any city or county line,” said Governor Fletcher.  “We need to continue to work together to rid Kentucky of this problem – a problem ruining the lives of so many people. If we help inmates prepare to re-enter society by providing job training and treatment for substance abuse, we ultimately make our communities safer by reducing the chance that those inmates will return to a life of crime.”

“If we invest resources while inmates are incarcerated that helps them prepare to re-enter society, we make our communities safer,” said Laurie Dudgeon, executive director of ODCP.  We must end the revolving door cycle in our state, where we are releasing offenders from prison, only to have them go back out and offend again because they are still drug addicts.  The plan to focus instead on treatment and prevention-education is long overdue.”

The Governor also presented checks from the Transportation Cabinet, Department of Agriculture and Governor's Office for Local Development.