Gov. Wolf adds drug court funding to proposed budget

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018-19 budget includes $2 million put towards funding drug courts throughout Pennsylvania.

In addition to the creation of new drug courts, this funding will expand and enhance existing courts. This will be done in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

PCCD chairman Charles Ramsay says drug courts are a key component in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

“These courts address the underlying addiction and mental health issues of people involved in the criminal justice system while holding them accountable for their actions,” he said.

PCCD will also fund the expansion of support services and opioid treatment services for drug court participants.

Ramsay said PCCD will work to expand the availability of drug courts which he calls a “valuable sentencing alternative.” Drug courts work to help drug offenders find recovery and become productive citizens.

For additional information, visit PCCD’s website here

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