September 26, 2017: Drug Court Graduation Thursday

The Kanawha County Adult Drug Court will hold its 19th graduation ceremony on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 3:00pm in the Ceremonial Courtroom on the Kanawha County Courthouse.  Judge Jennifer Bailey will preside over the ceremony.  

The Kanawha County Drug Court opened on May 13, 2009 in the 13th Judicial Circuit.  Since opening, the program has graduated 110 participants and welcomed 11 drug free babies into Kanawha County.  The mission of the Kanawha County Drug Court is to enhance public safety while reducing crime and related convictions. The mission is accomplished through judicially supervised substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation, and intense monitoring with the goal of returning drug-free, law abiding, and productive citizens to the community. 

Kanawha County’s program is a hybrid DUI/Drug Court and handles pre-adjudication, post-conviction, Probation violation, and DUI cases.  The program also opened a Veteran’s Track in May 2016, to assist with the special needs of Veterans who have become involved in the Criminal Justice System.  The minimum time in which a client can complete the program is 18 months, which includes 3 treatment phases and a mandatory 6 month aftercare. 

The Adult Drug Court Team is headed by:

Judge Jennifer Bailey, Presiding Judge

Judge Ken Ballard, Juvenile Drug Court Judge and Alternate Judge

The team is staffed by a Drug Court Coordinator/Probation Officer, Day Report Center, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Probation Department, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, and members of the mental health and recovery communities.

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