FRANKFORT, Ky., April 26, 2017 – Gov. Paul Patton, who served as Kentucky’s governor from 1995 to 2003, will be the guest speaker at a Greenup/Lewis County Drug Court program graduation ceremony May 12 in Greenup. The event is to recognize 15 individuals for successfully completing the Drug Court program and is taking place during National Drug Court Month
. The public and media are invited to attend. The ceremony will take place at noon ET at Greenup First United Methodist Church at 607 Main St.
Circuit Court Judge Robert Conley volunteers his time to conduct Drug Court proceedings for the Greenup/Lewis Drug Court program and will preside over the graduation ceremony.
In addition to the public and media, invitees to the graduation ceremony include law enforcement representatives, elected officials, attorneys and representatives of drug treatment facilities.
The Greenup/Lewis County Drug Court program has 39 participants, which includes three of those scheduled to graduate May 12. The other 12 individuals to be recognized completed the program between July 2016 and early this year. Since the program began in January 2002, 258 individuals have graduated.
The staff members who oversee the Greenup/Lewis Drug Court program are program supervisor Andy Harris, recovery coordinator Melissa McIntosh and case managers Jordan Chapman and Arlene McCann.
About Kentucky Drug Court
Kentucky Drug Court is administered through the Administrative Office of the Courts
in Frankfort, which oversees 54 adult programs that serve 113 counties. Drug Court provides 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 December 2016, 8,257 individuals had graduated from Drug Court programs statewide and participants had paid $6.1 million in child support and $6.5 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 3,400 court system employees and 404 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. As the fiscal agent for the state court system, the AOC also executes the Judicial Branch budget.