6/10/2014 12:00 AM
by Kevin Jacobs
PINEVILLE - Wyoming County is tackling drug abuse with a new court program.
The "Drug Court Program" is aimed at fighting the use of drugs by repeat offenders. The program is pulling together its resources from magistrates, police officers, attorneys, among other officials who see fit for an individual to be in 'Drug Court.'
Those entered into the program are required to meet the terms of their agreement or face the charges set before them. Chief Probation Officer Alan Lambert says this is not a get out of jail free card, yet a way to save the community.
"What we've learned is the individuals that go to jail are the ones that come back and continue to commit new crimes because we haven't dealt with their addiction. The idea with drug court is that we're going to wrap services around them and we're going to make available things that would help them overcome the addiction," said Alan Lambert, Chief Probation Officer.
"We think it's extremely vital. It gives us another opportunity to serve the needs of the people in this county and hopefully provide a safe environment, so any new mechanism whether new or old we want to take advantage of that," said Mike Cochran, Prosecuting Attorney.
Participates will be monitored closely by GPS ankle devices for the initial four months. The program requires a minimum of 12 to 18 months and it begins August 1st.