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County cuts drug court funds

June 13, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to stop funding the Clay County Drug Court at its meeting on Thursday.
The drug court is part of the 16th District Drug Court and has been in operation since 2011, and offers misdemeanor drug offenders an alternative to jail time through drug programs and testing. Without funding from the county, the court will have to cease operations.
Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said the Mississippi Drug Court Advisory Board voted to issue $50,000 to misdemeanor courts based on two guidelines: the courts need to submit a full plan of operations and services within 90 days of application, and the county would have to agree to match 50 percent of the state’s allocation. The county would have to provide $25,000 to the drug court in order for the state to provide the $50,000.
District 5 Supervisor Floyd McKee, District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus and District 3 Supervisor R.B. Davis voted to stop the funding. District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton and District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes voted to continue funding the drug court.
“We don’t have the money right now so I don’t see how we can support the drug court,” McKee said. “Budget doesn’t come up until October and we can’t do anything until then.”
Lummus said the board initially voted to provide space for the drug court as long as it was fully funded from the state.

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