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Wyoming County Launching New Drug Court Program

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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.

Participants are monitored closely and are given other privileges not given to jailed drug offenders.

The average participant spends 18 months in the program, though the minimum requirement is 12 months.

When an offender completes the program, they participate in a graduation ceremony and are given a certificate.