9/27/2013 7:23 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - West Virginia received a $1.48 million, three-year federal grant for it's adult drug courts.
The money was awarded to the state Supreme Court's Administrative Office from the Justice Department. Officials said the money will be used to study adult drug practices and results as part of the plan to expand the programs statewide, and for specialized training.
The state has 20 operational drug courts that are intensive supervised probation treatments. The average annual cost to the state for one adult participant was $7,100. That's compared to $18,000 to $25,000 for jail time.
About 10% of drug court graduates return to prison, compared to 80% of drug offenders who haven't gone through the program.