Indiana is the 15th most populous state in U.S. with a population of 6.5 million. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Residents of Indiana are known as Hoosiers and the state’s name means “land of the Indians” or simply “Indian Land.”
In May 2012, the Indiananewscenter.com reported that a former assistant principal at Memorial Park Middle School in Fort Wayne made her first appearance in drug court. The 41-year-old female pled guilty to two felony drug charges, a felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor drug charge. All of this started when she was arrested in November after police found marijuana, cocaine, a gun and about $4,600 in cash in her Millennium Crossing home.
When she pled guilty, she was accepted into Allen County’s Drug Court Diversion Program. Under this program she is required to appear in court every week, pay her court fees, attend drug treatment classes, pass drug tests and hold down a job. According to court records, she has been fulfilling all of the requirements. Following all the rules and staying clean means the charges will be dismissed after two years.
Judge Wendy Davis of Allen County Superior Court says, “Drug court, the HOPE probationary program and reentry court serve as a way to rehabilitate offenders. It saves the taxpayers money, because to house someone in the D.O.C. [Department of Corrections] or the Allen County jail is extremely expensive. The three judges in the criminal division are really committed to the county and to the state to do everything in our power for those nonviolent offenders that are really struggling with drug abuse or addictions, to figure out new programs to bring them back into our community and not put them in the D.O.C.”
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For those who do not qualify or who don’t succeed in drug court, the HOPE program offers intensive rehabilitation through sanctions. Reentry court allows inmates to be released from prison early if they are willing to follow strict program guidelines. For this assistant principal to be accepted into the diversion program, evidence must have shown that she was not a habitual or violent criminal.
This program may be an answer to crowded jails and offers addicts a chance at rehab. If you know someone who wants to get off drugs, learn about the Narconon program that focuses on restoring their abilities to lead productive, enjoyable lives.