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Drug Court Sees Increased Usage

By Staff | Feb 19, 2014

Fred McDonald, director of the Lee Day Report Center and executive director of the Northern Panhandle Community Criminal Justice Board, appeared before Wetzel County Commission Feb. 11 to provide an update on the Lee Day Report Center.

McDonald stated that the center opened in November and started taking clients in December. He said currently there are nine individuals in drug court, eight from Wetzel County and one from Tyler County. McDonald said once the morning group reaches full capacity at 15 individuals, an evening session would be added.

McDonald expressed the possibility of perhaps adding transportation for individuals from Tyler County so they might have easier access to drug court.

Finally, McDonald requested that the commission write a letter expressing their support of the Lee Day Report Center.

Last year the commissions of both Wetzel and Tyler counties agreed to contribute $30,000 each to the first year of a Lee Day Report Center in New Martinsville that will serve both counties.

Senate Bill 371 requires that all circuits of the court have a drug court by July 2015.

Attendees are drug tested three to five times per week. They must report daily or they will be picked up.