KY Chief Justice Vows to Expand Drug Court Programs

Kentucky’s drug court program has failed to keep up with surging demand for its treatment services in a state grappling with addiction woes, the state’s chief justice said Friday while signaling that he’ll seek funding to expand the services.

Testifying before a state legislative committee, Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said drug courts and similar specialty courts are serving fewer than 2,500 people at a time when Kentucky faces the worst drug epidemic in its history.

That’s not even “scratching the surface of the need,” Minton told lawmakers.

Drug courts provide court-supervised treatment so people can stay out of jail. Participants take part in counseling and education programs and must undergo drug tests.

Source: MG News

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