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Public invited to learn about Drug Court program for Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties at forum S

The public is invited to learn about the Drug Court program that serves Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties at a forum Friday, Sept. 14, in Georgetown. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. ET on the 3rd floor of the Scott County Justice Center at 119 N. Hamilton St. Circuit Court Judge Brian K. Privett, who serves as the Drug Court judge for the three counties, will host the event. “This is a great opportunity for everyone to come out and learn about their local Drug Court program,” Judge Privett said. “A lot of people know that we have Drug Court but don’t understand how it operates or its importance to our communities. I’m looking forward to sharing information about how the program works and the recent improvements the staff and I have made.” About Kentucky Drug Court Kentucky Drug Court operates as part of the Department of Specialty Courts at the Administrative Office of the Courts, the administrative arm of the state court system. The AOC pays for treatment, drug testing and case management, and no fees are charged to defendants to participate in the program. Drug Court serves nonviolent offenders whose main problems stem from substance use disorder. This court-managed treatment program combines intensive supervision with treatment and provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional criminal case processing. It takes participants an average of 22 to 25 months to complete the program’s three phases and aftercare. Kentucky Drug Court oversees 54 adult programs that serve 113 counties. 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, 2018, 9,289 individuals had graduated from Specialty Court programs statewide and participants had paid $6.7 million in child support and $7.2 million in court obligations, including restitution and fines. 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. To learn more about Drug Court, visit https://courts.ky.gov/resources/publicationsresources/Publications/P134_SpecialtyCourtsBrochure.pdf.

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