New drug court in Clay County

By The Associated Press

WEST POINT — Clay County supervisors have voted to implement a local drug court.

Officials tell the Daily Times Leader that misdemeanor drug offenders will now have an opportunity to get their lives on track by going through the program instead of being sent to jail.

Drug courts seek to rehabilitate drug-using offenders through drug treatment and intense supervision with frequent court appearances and random drug testing.

Drug courts offer the incentive of a chance to remain out of jail and be employed and the sanction of a prison sentence if participants fail to remain drug-free and in compliance with all program requirements.

Clay County will receive $50,000 from the state to fund the drug court for the first year.