Mississippi Cutting Funding to Drug Courts

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Jackson, Miss.
Mississippi drug courts face steep budget cuts in the coming year, after demand outstripped funding.

The Drug Court Advisory Committee voted Friday to cut overall funding by 42 percent, or almost $3.3 million, for the year that begins July 1. That's according to Kevin Lackey, director of the state Administrative Office of Courts.

Felony drug courts for adults will be cut 25 percent, while juvenile and family drug courts will be cut 58 percent. The state will cut all money it had been sending to misdemeanor-level drug courts.

Lackey says a fund that pays for drug courts is running out money.

People assigned to drug court undergo treatment and counseling, combined with frequent court appearances.

Those who complete the program can see charges dismissed or sentences and fines reduced.