Adult Drug Court

The comprehensive education reform bill – SB 451 – passed the West Virginia Senate following a few hours of debate. The bill now heads to the House of Delegates for consideration. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich break down the day’s action over the bill. We also bring you a special report about the state’s drug court.

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The Cabell County Drug Court is adding a new program to help prostitutes who are addicted to drugs.

The West Virginia Supreme Court says in a news release that the Women's Empowerment and Addiction Recovery Program, or WEAR, will serve up to 20 participants annually.

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There’s a new federal drug court program in Wheeling, West Virginia, for drug offenders and veterans in the northern panhandle. The program offers an alternative to sending offenders to jail right away, and one veteran probation officer says the program will save lives.

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Wyoming County is instituting an adult drug court program aimed at stemming abuse.

The Register-Herald reports that the new program is expected to be operational July 1.

Officials say the program is designed to reduce criminal recidivism and substance abuse among "targeted offenders" through a specialized court.

During a meeting last week, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall said drug courts are a vital tool that serve as an alternative to imprisonment and are proven to save lives as well as money.