New drug court authorized

By The Associated Press

KOSCIUSKO — The authorization of a drug court for the Fifth Circuit Court District completes statewide coverage in Mississippi. All 22 circuit court districts now operate drug courts.

The Fifth Circuit Court District is comprised of Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Grenada, Montgomery, Webster and Winston counties. The court will operate in Kosciusko.

Drug courts seek to rehabilitate drug-using offenders through treatment and intense supervision with frequent court appearances and random drug testing. The program offers an incentive of a chance to remain out of jail and be employed if they stay drug-free.

More than 3,350 people are enrolled in drug courts statewide, including adult and juvenile programs.

In addition to 22 circuit court drug courts, there are 15 juvenile programs, five misdemeanor level programs and two family treatment courts.

  • Kevin

    Incomplete reporting. Of the 3300 or so enrolled in the drug courts, what’s the recidivism rate? I expect that it’s quite high because drug courts are nothing but an expansion of the bureaucracy involved with enforcing the drug war and is greasing the pockets and budgets of law enforcers and prosecuting attorneys in addition to the drug treatment megalodon in this country (and a few defense attys). What drug court phenomenon demonstrates is the lengths to which the authorities will try to profit off of drug prohibition. In other words, the authorities know reducing drug crimes is a losing venture, but hope to command taxpayer dollars into this losing venture perhaps forever. The drug war is here to stay!