Annual Conference Highlights Drug Court Program in Dallas Co.

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom-- Dallas County Court Services hosts its 2nd annual training conference Wednesday in Selma -- to raise awareness about the Drug Court program.

The program helps people who have committed a crime or lost their children because of a drug problem by providing an alternative to jail for non-violent drug offenders.

Participants get counseling and go through substance abuse education -- treatment -- and screening for a minimum of a year.

"For the ones who have committed crimes, once they complete the program their charges are dismissed," said Myesha Tolbert with Dallas County Court Services. "For the clients with custody issues, they get their kids back or may have already gotten them back before they complete the program."

Tolbert says 66 of the state's 67 counties use the drug court program.

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