Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright has announced that the Letcher County drug court program has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the Administrative Office of the Courts.
“I have been working toward this for quite a while,” said Wright. “Drug court is the most successful thing I have ever seen and we have an epidemic we are trying to deal with.”
Wright said additional, more intense supervision and support for the drug court program will be funded through the three-year grant. Someone who has graduated from the drug court program and has been drug-free for at least three years will be hired as a support specialist. A counselor will also be funded through the grant.
He said the drug court will be expanded into three different groups —veterans, high risk and low risk.
Wright said it costs $18,613 a year to house an inmate and it costs $5,179 a person for one year of drug court.
In the 12 years of drug court, Wright said 13 babies have been born drug free. In the last two years, drug court participants have paid $22,099 in child support and worked 37,829 hours of community service.
The Letcher County drug court has 34 participants.