Local counties taking part in addiction program

Local - 2/17/2014 4:45 PM by Derek Dole
PRINCETON - Nine counties are planned to take part in a treatment program that will give addicts an alternative to jail.

Fayette and Raleigh counties are among the nine counties to participate in the alternative sentencing program. The exact layout of the program has yet to be designed, but organizers said that it is intended to be an alternative to jail for alleged offenders who are charged with drug offenses.

"Simply locking offenders up without offering effective rehabilitation services during incarceration, or in the community upon release, simply ignores the problem," said Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Joseph Thornton.

The program is expected to relieve pressure from the judicial system. An organizational meeting is planned for February 28.

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