FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson was in Franklin County for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the county’s new drug court.
Unlike regular court processes, drug court is in a sense part of a rehabilitation process where the accused enters an unconditional guilty plea.
Drug court judges evaluate the violation, history of abuse and recommends treatment programs.
“I became a deputy prosecutor in ’93 here in this county, and about six years after that the court was made available to Johnson and Pope county, part of our judicial district,” said Circuit Judge Gordon McMain of the Arkansas 5th Judicial District. “It was not made available to Franklin County. We didn’t have the funds to do that. So, we’ve been working for this for that long.”
Arkansas is currently ranked the 14th lowest in drug-related deaths, but the opioid crisis still hits particularly strong in the region.