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Friday, February 21, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Clark Co. Drug Court participants in state of limbo"

From WHAS11:

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- One day after the state of Indiana suspended the operations of Clark County’s Drug Court program those who brought the issues to light are speaking out.

Those that were in the drug court program are in a state of limbo now and so is some of the court’s staff. Since the court can’t collect money for services from participants that could impact some staff that was being paid with those funds.

“I really was shocked. I didn't understand what was really going on at first and hearing it's been suspended has just been definitely brings light to the subject,” Ashleigh Hendricks Santiago, a drug court participant, said.

She is one of the drug court defendants that filed a lawsuit against Clark County after she was kept in jail months longer than her sentence without a hearing.

Cody Hendricks says he was arrested at his job at Rocky's by drug court staff that didn't have arresting power.

Now that the court is suspended those who brought the claims forward say they are glad action has been taken, but say the court and the drug treatment did give them stability.

“Just hoping that it can get taken care of to be a better drug court for the future because it did help me,” Santiago said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 21, 2014 10:35 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts