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Cleveland-area drug courts awarded $975,000 grant
Money will be used for case management and treatment for offenders
by WKSU's GRANT ENGLE

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Municipal courts in the Cleveland area will receive nearly $1 million over the next three years to provide treatment for drug offenders.

The Greater Cleveland Drug Court received the $975,000 grant this week from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration – an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

The court says the money will be used to help suburban municipal courts enforce a more intense probationary period – including more frequent meetings with offenders.

Anita Laster Mays is a judge for the Cleveland Drug court. She says the program teaches offenders accountability for their actions.

Judge Anita Laster Mays talks about the effectiveness of drug courts

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“We train them to think differently – not to hang with the same people, not to do the same things, not to go to the same places. That’s constantly driven into them. So, if we can change their habits, we can change what they do in their everyday life, and it will last longer.”

Mays says 80 percent of the offenders that have gone through the Cleveland drug court have not had repeat offenses during her tenure.

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