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Marion County To Start Drug Court

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A judge is bringing a drug court to Marion County and an inmate charged with trafficking wants to benefit from it.

Richard Mayse, 33, says he hopes to be the first person to benefit from a drug court in Marion County. He was arrested two weeks ago for trafficking heroin. Judge Jim Slagle who presides over the Marion County Court of Common Pleas is working to bring have a drug court up and running by the end of the year.

Judge Slagle says the majority of cases that come before him involve a person who has a substance abuse issue and he often sees them more than once.  He wants to help those who want to help themselves. 

"If you're addicted going to jail doesn't solve that addiction," said Judge Slagle to NBC4's Denise Alex.

"We need a lot very close supervision, a lot of resources to keep them in treatment and help them and help them be successful," added Slagle.  He said his goal is to reduce the recidivism rate and increase a person's chance of making something of themselves.

Mayse, who is incarcerated at the Marion County Correction Center, says after one failed attempt at rehabilitation he wants once more chance.  He admits his drug addiction but says he needs help fighting it and overcoming it.

"I was looking at going to a homeless shelter with my kids. You know, I started using a little bit, Mayse tells NBC4's Denise Alex.

Mayse says he's done selling drugs because he wants to be reunited with his three sons again. He says he knows being drug-free is the first step.

Judge Slagle hopes to get the drug court operational sometime this year.

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