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Drug court shelved for now

June 15, 2013

The goal of re-establishing a dedicated drug court in Washington County has been temporarily shelved. Marietta Municipal and Washington County Common Pleas Courts were recently denied a $218,036....

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Jun-17-13 4:30 PM

Amazing! No money for the drug courts yet plenty of money for the obamas trip over to Africa at an estimated cost of $100 million

Seems there's always money for the Prez, no matter who it is ;)

Bush also made trips to multiple African nations in 2003 and 2008 involving similarly laborious preparations. His wife went both times and his daughters went on the first trip which included a safari adventure.

I'm wondering if you b!tched and moaned when "George the Great" did it also?

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Jun-17-13 12:13 PM

rocker, I'm sorry to hear about your niece.

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Jun-17-13 10:12 AM

BeRight I think you are right on the 70%. A lot of them go right back to doing drugs when they get out.

My niece got hooked on ****** by her loser dope dealing boyfriend and never could kick it even though she was in rehab a few times. She then got sick and thought she had the flu. As it turned out she had an advanced case of mersa from a dirty needle and died.

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Jun-16-13 4:56 PM

It's time to surrender. The United States will never get rid of drugs. The only way to win the War On Drugs is to surrender. Decriminalize drug use, decriminalize consumption, tax it... just like the liquid drug alcohol. We would save billions annually, the government gets a new source of revenue, courts and prisons open up needed space. Doesn't seem to be a downside... other than lawyers will be out a lot of money.

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Jun-16-13 3:12 PM

70% of drug offenders from prison go back to prison: I would see the problem as letting them outthe first time.

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Jun-16-13 12:11 PM

Amazing! No money for the drug courts yet plenty of money for the obamas trip over to Africa at an estimated cost of $100 million.

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Jun-16-13 11:09 AM

asknot , Well said!

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Jun-16-13 10:55 AM

Tessie, I believe the political climate has changed dramatically since this program was started. As evidence I submit some of the other posts here, rather than help other to overcome their problems some would prefer to lock others away and forget about them and their problems.

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Jun-15-13 7:38 PM

Just proof that the government would rather lock them up than actually give them the help they need to fight their addictions.

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Jun-15-13 7:38 PM

Saying a non-violant offender should not be sentenced to prison, get real. An offender is an offender. They need to do time for their crimes. Also, rehab helps less than half of people who go to rehab.

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Jun-15-13 3:32 PM

Use the money to lock their******up! They are nothing but thieves and killers they will do whatever they have to do to get their drugs....most don't want help..just a waste of money

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Jun-15-13 12:02 PM

When grant applications are denied, there's a reason for it. If this is the third time it has been denied, is it for the same reason each time? Is the application not meeting all of the requirements? Can something change that makes the application more likely to be approved? If you're submitting the application over and over again and getting denied then it's time to change something.

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Jun-15-13 11:26 AM

Sorry to see them lose their funding, although there were a lot of problems with the program they did do a lot of good, SEPTA is more for criminals than addicts so its more about punishment than rehabilitation.

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