Drug Court Running Low on Funds

The Sumner County Drug Court, which is in its 11th year and annually serves 40 to 60 adults, is running low on funding, with one general sessions judge saying the program could be as much as $35,000 short in the next fiscal year. The program is funded by an annual state grant and fines paid by those convicted of drug or alcohol-related crimes in the county. The 2013 Leadership Sumner class also recently made a three-year financial commitment to the drug court. As one class member observed, “Either we can fund the program…or we can pay for them to stay in the county jail. Either way, we are going to pay for it.” The Tennessean looks at the history of the program, including a number of success stories.