Participants of Drug Court Speak Out
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:01:47 EST
Numerous participants and graduates of the Alpena Drug Court program as well as relatives and corporate representatives spoke in favor of keeping the program intact.
Comments were made during a County Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, as the board was to consider establishing a new line item for accepting donations for the drug court program, since the court can't accept donations.
Alpena 88th District Court Judge Tom LaCross requested the action, in the wake of the court losing almost 1-hundred thousand dollars in grant funding.
Tuesday, supporters packed the meeting room, and 10 plus people spoke of their own personal experiences, many saying they would have been dead without help.
The program has gotten a lot of support, and many want to make contributions, but the court can't accept them, nor can any other human service organization on behalf of the court. Establishing the new county budget line item will allow contributions, but only after the County Treasurer and court officials set up rules to accept, and track allowable expenses.
LaCross noted that Alpena is a community that takes care of it's own, and since the first juvenile drug court program started in 2008, support in attendance and data showing recidivism rates as low as 13 percent proves the program works.
LaCross went on to say community support has been overwhelming and now people can "donate, donate, donate" by sending or dropping off a check to the Alpena County Drug Court Fund at the Alpena County Treasurers office in the old courthouse at 720 West Chisholm.
Alpena 88th District Court Judge Tom LaCross
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