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Monday, April 30, 2012

Ind. Courts - "A group of Evansville churches' push to double the capacity of Vanderburgh County's drug treatment courts program"

Mark Wilson had the story yesterday in the Evansville Courier & Press. More from the long story:

Instead of one giant leap forward, Vanderburgh County Superior Court Judges Wayne Trockman and David Kiely said they would rather take a more measured approach.

"We would rather do it in steps," Trockman said.

The key, they said, is finding funding for long-term hiring commitments for the extra staff. That hasn't been easy.

"We patch it together," Trockman said.

There are currently four court programs under the county's Treatment Courts umbrella: Drug Court, Forensic Diversion, Re-Entry Court and Veterans Treatment Court. The first three programs work with participants charged with various degrees of substance-abuse related crimes, while the fourth court addresses veterans with drug-related offenses. The programs are paid for by the county, two federal grants and the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Trockman said program expansion will require more time and participation from the judges and hiring additional help.

Many more details on the county's Treatment Courts in the lengthy story.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 30, 2012 08:28 AM
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