The first session of Jefferson County‘s Adult Drug Court Program took place Wednesday morning and officials say it went very well. The program is another big step in fighting the Ohio Valley‘s drug problem.
The first person to take part in the program was a 31-year-old woman who was sentenced for five counts of drug possession. She met with team members and they discussed what steps are being taken to get her back on the right track.
The program offers participants the opportunity to take advantage of the numerous services available.
“The ultimate goal is to reduce recidivism so they don’t re-offend and to protect the public in the long run. The second goal is rehabilitation that’s how you get to a lower recidivism rate,” said Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge Michelle Miller.
Jefferson County Adult Drug Court Advisory Committee plans to apply for a specialized docket certification through The Supreme Court of Ohio that will allow them to apply for grants that will assist in services and incentives for participants.