PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A Jackson County program that has saved the state more than $245,000 also has helped begin new lives.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1jzxpdW ) seven people graduated from the Jackson County Drug Court Program on Tuesday. Circuit Judge Robert Krebs said the two-year program, which began in 2004, is for people convicted of nonviolent drug-related crimes and requires a lot of involvement.
Those enrolled must obtain a GED and driver's license, participate in two hours of community service each week, read one book a month from the library, check in with the court daily and hold a 40-hour-a-week job. If they complete the program, and a year of sobriety, their record is expunged and they are no longer felons.
Krebs said the county has collected $34,788 in fines from the group.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com
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