Drug Court Judge Seeks Funding to Help More Mothers
Often times, people who have drug charges (felony or misdemeanors) have a drug problem. They aren't the dealer that the police are looking to arrest. They are the go between. They perform this function not because they will get money from the drug sales, but because they will be paid with drugs. It often seems unfair to me that these individuals are facing a lengthy sentence when they are not the real source of the problem. That is where drug court comes in. If the individual has a problem and wants help, they are put into the program and sometimes get the charge off their record. People know that it is hard. If there is a dirty screen, the judge may place them in jail for a few days. They have to give multiple screens weekly, and attend weekly meetings. It is hard. This is the only way to start on the successful path to recovery. There are people who want the minimum sentence so they can go out and do more drugs and the people who decide to try and put it behind them. It is programs like the Drug Court and Veterans Court that give people a chance to get their life back. The choice is ultimately up to them.