Volunteers Wanted for Drug Court Mentorship

Carrol County Ga -- Carroll County's drug court is looking for good hearted volunteers to help by being a mentor for those on their way to success through the program.
The drug court has been in place to reduce crime by changing the behavior of nonviolent defendants, and help them resolve the issues that may have contributed to their dependence problems.

"The program operates on one main principle,"Superior Court Judge Dustin Hightower told WLBB Radio. "Substance abuse is a long term damaging process that must be repaired with long term treatments. The Carrol County drug court program is a court that has been specifically designed and staffed to supervise nonviolent drug defendants. The program is intended for those who are addicted to and are abusing drugs and alcohol and want to change their behavior."

Hightower says Carroll County's drug court is proving successful in reducing drug related crimes and reducing recidivism.

"The Carroll County program includes several things such as scheduled drug testing in addition to frequent random drug testing and home supervisions, judicial supervisions, counseling, education and vocational training, life skills training and social skills training. We are currently focusing our efforts in establishing a mentorship portion to our program. Many of our participants have very few positive influences in their life and we are asking people in our community to be that positive influence by being a mentor," says Hightower.  

Hightower is currently offering himself and his staff to speak to local civic groups to discuss the drug court program and encourage members to consider becoming a mentor for the program.
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