Parish celebrates 10 years of Drug Court

The 25th Judicial District Court began its public celebration of 10 years of Drug Court May 9 with a proclamation from the Plaquemines Parish Council recognizing May as Drug Court Month.

Across the nation, treatment courts are celebrating 30 years of offering an alternative to locking people up for drug use and possession. Plaquemines jumped on the trend 10 years ago seeking to help addicts instead of punishing them.

“Every time we help one person, we create an employable, tax paying person who is abiding by the law,” 25th JDC Division A Judge Kevin Conner told the council. “I hope that one day we’re not needed. But until that day, thank God the people of Plaquemines have a program you support.”

Conner and District Attorney Charles Ballay thanked the council for funding the rehabilitation course that drug offenders complete in lieu of jail time. Ballay said he got on board with Drug Court when it was proposed because he was tired of prosecuting repeat offenders, sometimes prosecuting three generations of addicts from the same parish families.

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