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Local drug court facing cuts

June 13, 2013

Drug courts across the state could be in jeopardy beginning July 1, and the 16th District Drug Court serving Oktibbeha, Clay, Lowndes and Noxubee counties is no exception.

The Mississippi Drug Court Advisory Committee voted Friday to cut the program’s funding by 42 percent — $3.3 million — statewide. In Oktibbeha County, that cut translates to about 25 percent of the 16th district budget, according to Administrator April Edwards. It’s a potentially devastating blow to a program still in its infancy.

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