A Reno County program focused on drug offenders has received a federal grant worth nearly $107,000 in its first year.
County Administrator Gary Meagher says the 18-month-old drug court also can apply for two more years of funding totaling more than $222,000. The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/Pq2wtK) reported that the money comes from the U.S. Office of Justice Programs.
Judge Joe McCarville says the money will help the program reach capacity. He says the goal is to maintain 30 people in drug court at a time.
The program now serves 12 offenders, up from seven when it started.
Drug courts focus on reducing the rate of imprisonment and its costs. Offenders receive treatment, help in finding jobs, frequent drug testing and intensive supervision. They also appear in court every other week.