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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Former inmates graduate from embattled Clark Co. drug court program"

Katie Bauer of WAVE3News reported last evening in a story that begins:

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - After a lawsuit and a state investigation that basically shut it down, the Clark County drug court celebrated some former inmates who completed the program and have now found freedom.

Since the drug court has been under new leadership, they haven't been taking new participants. Those that graduated hope that will change.

Inside a Clark County courtroom on Thursday, sentences weren't handed down instead it was a celebration.

"I still have butterflies, I don't think it is real, it's great I'm excited," said drug court graduate Joelese Ellis. "I'm happy, I feel like tomorrow is a new start. I've got a second chance at life."

Ellis is one of four drug court participants to successfully complete the program and have their charges dismissed.

"It's been really, really hard, but I'm here. I did it," said Ellis.

The drug court first came under fire in early 2014 after a woman was held for five months on what was supposed to be a 48 hour sentence. The Indiana Supreme Court suspended the program after other inmates claimed their rights were violated as well and filed a class action lawsuit. New leadership is in place.

Here is a list of some earlier ILB posts on the Clark County drug court.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 17, 2014 12:33 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts