Drug court participants could face prison time

Jail Cell
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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court’s suspension of a troubled southern Indiana drug court has left more than 70 people facing the possibility that they’ll have to serve out the rest of their sentences in prison.

State officials are weighing whether participants in the Clark County Drug Court Treatment Program can complete the program under a temporary certification.

State Supreme Court outreach coordinator Sarah Kidwell tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., that “any particulars of moving forward are being carefully considered.”

The state’s high court last month suspended the drug court, which is facing a federal lawsuit over the mistreatment of participants. That includes some who were left incarcerated longer than ordered.

Those individuals agreed to enter the drug-treatment program to avoid incarceration.


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