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Apr 9, 2012 9:24 AM by AP

Drug court program rates high

MONROE, La. (AP) - Ask anyone associated with the 4th Judicial District Court's drug court program and they will say its success has been overwhelming.

The News-Star reports the drug court program, which was started in Ouachita Parish in June 1998, consists of judicially supervised court dockets that handle the cases of nonviolent substance abusing offenders under the adult, juvenile, family and tribal justice systems.

Rather than being sentenced to jail time, qualified defendants are placed in substance abuse treatment programs. The defendants report once a week to a probation officer and take drug screens. Failure of any part of the program could land them in jail.

In Louisiana, about 88.3 percent of graduates from the program were not re-arrested within the first 12 months of completion of the program.

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