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May National Drug Court month

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

Pictured in the front row (L-R): Matt Bass, Dan Colbert and Gene Galloway. Back row (L-R): Judge Ben Burkemper, Jennifer Kinsella of Crider Health Center, Mandy Shepherd, of Bridgeway, Heather Graham-Thompson, Drug Court Administrator, Mike Roth, of EMASS, and Kristi Butler, Probation and Parol.

National Drug Court Month began May 1 and will continue to the end of May. The resolution/proclamation reads as the following:

Whereas, Drug Courts are proven budget solution that benefit all facets of society; and

Whereas, Drug Courts are an essential component of our justice system which save vast criminal justice resources and keep individuals out of jail and engaged with their communities as productive, tax-paying citizens; and

Whereas, Drug Courts are the most effective tool in the criminal justice system for saving money, cutting crime and serving veterans; and

Whereas, Results of more than 100 program evaluations and at least four meta-analytic studies have yielded definitive evidence that Drug Courts significantly improve substance-abuse treatment outcomes, substantially reduce drug abuse and crime, and do so at less expense than any other justice strategy; and

Whereas, Drug Courts facilitate community-wide partnership, bringing together public safety and public health professionals in the fight against drug abuse and criminality; and

Whereas, The Drug Court movement has grown from 12 original Drug Courts in 1994 to over 2,700 operational Drug Courts; and

Whereas, Drug Courts demonstrate that when one person rises out of drugs and crime, we ALL RISE; and

Whereas, The time has come to put a Drug Court within reach of every eligible person in need.

Dan Colbert presiding commissioner, Matt Bass and Eugene Galloway, associate commissioners signed the resolution making May officially National Drug Court Month.

Lincoln and Pike counties are bringing their first Annual Mouse Race fundraiser to Lincoln County on June 1. They will take place at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds located at #1 Fairgrounds Circle, Troy, Mo. beginning at 7 p.m. There will be live music by The Dry Run Band, food, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. For more information and to order tickets contact Heather Graham-Thompson at 45 Business Park Drive, Troy, 6379 or by phone at 636-528-6439.