Monday, December 27, 2010


Daviess Fiscal Court Asked To Fund Drug Court For Juveniles

Some Owensboro court officials who like the results they have seen from a yearlong drug program for juvenile offenders say they will ask county government to pick up funding that has been dropped by the state.

Both District Court Judge Lisa Payne Jones and County Attorney Claud Porter will ask Daviess Fiscal Court to pay for the program, in which juveniles can have drug-related charges reduced or dropped by completing a 12-month plan.

Because of the state's financial problems, the state Administrative Office of the Court pulled back on the funding. Porter tells the Messenger-Inquirer newspaper that noney ran out Dec. 15 as the last two participants graduated.

Juveniles who participate are required to attend weekly drug court sessions, undergo substance abuse counseling and take drug tests.

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