CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is getting a $1.48 million, three-year federal grant for its adult drug courts.
The grant from the Justice Department is being awarded to the West Virginia Supreme Court's Administrative Office.
Officials say the grant will be used to study adult drug practices and results as part of the plan to expand the programs statewide. The grant also will be used for specialized training.
West Virginia has twenty operational adult drug courts that are intensive supervision probation and treatment programs.
The average annual cost incurred by the state for one adult drug court participant is about $7,100. That's compared with $18,000 for jail or $25,000 for prison. About 10 percent of graduates return to jail compared with 80 percent of drug offenders who haven't gone through drug court.