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August 7, 2009

Judge Don Blair appointed as new Drug Court Judge

The Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court has appointed Judge Don Blair as the new Rowan County Drug Court Judge. Judge Blair has replaced Judge William Mains due to his retirement.

“I am getting to know the participants and am excited about the opportunity to help them recover from their addiction and hopefully become productive citizens of Rowan County,” Judge Blair said. “Our Drug Court Team is comprised of various individuals from the Rowan County Community who work tirelessly to help individuals on their road to recovery.”

According to a study on Drug Courts in Kentucky, those not in Drug Court and convicted of similar offense two years after their probationary period on average re-offend 57.3 percent of the time in comparisons to those who are Drug Court graduates who re-offend 20 percent of the time during the same period. This study further shows that graduates from Drug Court have saved the state more than $35 million in prison costs since this program began.

Drug Court participants receive treatment, drug testing and case management for $5,179 per year versus $18,613 to house an inmate per year. On average for every dollar spent on Drug Courts the state saves an average of $4.14.

The Rowan County Drug Court Team meets once a week. Participants are randomly tested for drugs and alcohol numerous times weekly during the initial stages. Furthermore, they are required to receive frequent counseling sessions for their addiction and have a curfew. Depending on their success, participants can advance to different phases of Drug Court and usually graduate, on average, in about 19 months.

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