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Saint Joseph London marks National Drug Court Month by donating $1,000 in supplies to help U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 09 04, 2013

Jamie Neal
Public Information Specialist
502-573-2350, x 50033
jamieneal@kycourts.net
http://courts.ky.gov

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Active-duty U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan will soon be receiving $1,000 worth of supplies from Saint Joseph London to help make their time away from home more comfortable.

The hospital donated 13 cases of wet wipes, nine cases of granola bars, five cases of plastic storage bags and two cases of coffee creamer to the Laurel County Drug Court program for the troops during National Drug Court Month in May. Drug Court programs statewide requested contributions for the soldiers as a National Drug Court Month project. The military is scheduled to deliver the items overseas in September.

“These military men and women have left behind their families, homes and the creature comforts we take for granted to put their lives on the line for us in a foreign country,” Kentucky Drug Court manager Elizabeth Nichols said. “Saint Joseph London’s kindhearted donation will help us bring a little bit of the familiarity of home to the soldiers while they’re deployed in Afghanistan. We are grateful to the hospital and think the soldiers will be too.”

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals hosts National Drug Court Month each May to highlight the impact of drug court programs across the nation.
     
About Kentucky Drug Court
Kentucky Drug Court is administered through the Administrative Office of the Courts in Frankfort, which oversees 55 adult programs that serve 115 counties. Drug Court’s mission is to provide court-supervised treatment as an alternative to incarceration. The program’s success can be measured in the number of lives changed and the cost savings to Kentucky taxpayers. For every $1 spent on Drug Court graduates, the state saves $2.72 on what it would have spent on incarcerating these individuals.

The program has helped reduce illicit drug use and related criminal activity and lowered rearrest, reconviction and reincarceration rates. It has increased payments of delinquent child support and improved employment rates. As of June 30, 2012, 5,370 individuals had graduated from Drug Court programs statewide and participants had paid $3.5 million in child support and $3.9 million in court obligations, including restitution and fines.

The program has helped reduce illicit drug use and related criminal activity and lowered rearrest, reconviction and reincarceration rates. It has increased payments of delinquent child support and improved employment rates. As of June 30, 2012, 5,370 individuals had graduated from Drug Court programs statewide and participants had paid $3.5 million in child support and $3.9 million in court obligations, including restitution and fines.

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 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.

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 executes the Judicial Branch budget.

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