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Monday, March 31, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Clark County Drug Court moves forward"

Gary Popp of the Jeffersonville News & Tribune reported in a very long story March 30th that began:

JEFFERSONVILLE — The revocation of Clark County Drug Treatment Court’s certification last month has led to the special court being directed under a new administration acting under a temporary status.

Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 Judge Vicki Carmichael now holds the reins of the program, after the Indianapolis-based Indiana Judicial Center pulled the program’s certification from the direction of Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 Judge Jerry Jacobi.

In 11 years of regulating special courts across the state, the Clark County drug court is the only program to have lost its certification.

In this unprecedented territory, those now administering the program are working to give the participants the needed counsel to beat substance abuse, while offering an alternative to prison sentences.

Carmichael said she was asked by the IJC to temporarily oversee the drug court, partially because she has received problem-solving court training and rules over Clark County Family Treatment Drug Court program.

She said that she will take no steps in the future to keep the drug court program that she recently inherited in her court permanently.

“My role is to only process the people now in the program,” Carmichael said.

She added that the most appropriate court to administer the drug court program is in Circuit Court No. 2, where the majority of drug-related cases are heard in Clark County.

Carmichael said she wants to see the drug court remain an option for people in Clark County, and that it’s possible the program could to return under Jacobi’s supervision. Jacobi has repeatedly declined to comment on the matter.

“It is a wonderful way to help people. I hope it will continue in Clark County,” she said of the program that offers drug offenders an alternative to prison sentences.

Here is a list of earlier ILB entries on the drug court problems.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 31, 2014 09:08 AM
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