Starting Monday, the Ross County Common Pleas Drug Court will be set it motion with a group of four individuals. Judge Mike Ater said drug court is for first-time offenders who want rehab, and that the goal is to help them become a contributing member of society through intensive supervision.
"The probation department takes a very active roll in monitoring and helping the person, the drug treatment provider does the exact same," said Judge Ater, "and then everybody meets with the judge at least once every two weeks and individually talks about each person, their issues, their cases."
He added people who progress with no problems are rewarded, while those who progress with some set backs will face incremental punishments.
"The idea being that you reward good behavior/punish bad behavior, and give them a big incentive at the end that, if they can do everything right, their case will ultimately be dismissed," said Judge Ater.