WLOX Editorial: Drug Court turning lives around - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

WLOX Editorial: Drug Court turning lives around

The number one reason a person ends up in Parchman or even a local jail is because of a drug habit.  Our jails are full of people who have been convicted of possessing a wide range of drugs. But there is hope for those who are willing to make a change in their lives.

Drug court gives some people facing legal trouble an option to go through the program and if they succeed have the charges dropped and their records expunged. Participants who recently graduated from Harrison County's Drug Court said recovery is not easy, but the payoff is better than they could have imagined.

As one recent graduate said, "you start because you have to because you don't want to go to jail. Then you start seeing it's not a bad life to live. It's actually a great life. You're sober. You're able to do things."

We need to get more individuals into drug courts across our state. Instead of housing them at Parchman where taxpayers have to pay the tab, we need more individuals given the chance to turn their lives around and be productive citizens. Programs such as these should be expanded and hopefully in the future we can build fewer prison cells.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

Copyright 2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Page 13: Saving historic Moss Point home

    Page 13: Saving historic Moss Point home

    Friday, June 23 2017 6:28 PM EDT2017-06-23 22:28:25 GMT
    A 150-year-old parsonage house in Moss Point is being preserved by the Dantzler Memorial United Methodist Church. (Photo source: WLOX)A 150-year-old parsonage house in Moss Point is being preserved by the Dantzler Memorial United Methodist Church. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A 150-year-old parsonage house in Moss Point is being preserved by the Dantzler Memorial United Methodist Church.

    More >>

    A 150-year-old parsonage house in Moss Point is being preserved by the Dantzler Memorial United Methodist Church.

    More >>
  • Scrapin the Coast 2017 kicks into gear

    Scrapin the Coast 2017 kicks into gear

    Friday, June 23 2017 1:47 PM EDT2017-06-23 17:47:47 GMT

    Scrapin the Coast 2017 is going on as scheduled despite the week's bad weather. It's too early to tell, but Tropical Storm Cindy may have had an impact on this year's turnout.

    More >>

    Scrapin the Coast 2017 is going on as scheduled despite the week's bad weather. It's too early to tell, but Tropical Storm Cindy may have had an impact on this year's turnout.

    More >>
  • Hundreds of dead nutria in Hancock County victims of Tropical Storm Cindy

    Hundreds of dead nutria in Hancock County victims of Tropical Storm Cindy

    Friday, June 23 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-06-24 02:46:19 GMT

    Hundreds of the river rats are washing onto the Hancock County shore - mostly in Clermont Harbor and Waveland – creating a big, smelly mess.

    More >>

    Hundreds of the river rats are washing onto the Hancock County shore - mostly in Clermont Harbor and Waveland – creating a big, smelly mess.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly