Marion County To Start Drug Court - NBC4: Columbus, Ohio News, Weather, and Sports (WCMH-TV)

Marion County To Start Drug Court

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • No Injuries Reported After Columbus Home Shot Twice

    No Injuries Reported After Columbus Home Shot Twice

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:30:25 GMT
    No one is reportedly injured after a southeast Columbus home is shot early Monday morning. No one is reportedly injured after a southeast Columbus home is shot early Monday morning.
    No one is reportedly injured after a southeast Columbus home is shot early Monday morning.
    No one is reportedly injured after a southeast Columbus home is shot early Monday morning.
  • Lake in Pike County Leaking

    Lake in Pike County Leaking

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:18:39 GMT
    Leaks found at a dam have led the state to ask boat owners to remove their boats from Lake White while inspectors check for the cause. Leaks found at a dam have led the state to ask boat owners to remove their boats from Lake White while inspectors check for the cause.
    Leaks found at a dam have led the state to ask boat owners to remove their boats from Lake White while inspectors check for the cause. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said on its website Sunday that the lake water level had been lowered nearly 3 feet below summer pool after unusual levels of seepage were found in a routine inspection of the Lake White dam spillway.Initially, about a foot and a half of water was drained from the 337-acre lake at Lake White State Park in Waverly, but...
    Leaks found at a dam have led the state to ask boat owners to remove their boats from Lake White while inspectors check for the cause. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said on its website Sunday that the lake water level had been lowered nearly 3 feet below summer pool after unusual levels of seepage were found in a routine inspection of the Lake White dam spillway.Initially, about a foot and a half of water was drained from the 337-acre lake at Lake White State Park in Waverly, but...
  • Reward Offered For Information On Dublin Identity Theft

    Reward Offered For Information On Dublin Identity Theft

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-08-31 13:01:32 GMT
    A cash reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers to anyone who helps bring an arrest in an identity theft out of Dublin.A cash reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers to anyone who helps bring an arrest in an identity theft out of Dublin.
    A cash reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers to anyone who helps bring an arrest in an identity theft out of Dublin.
    A cash reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers to anyone who helps bring an arrest in an identity theft out of Dublin.
Powered by WorldNow

3165 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43202

Telephone: 614.263.4444
Fax: 614.263.0166
Email: stories@nbc4i.com

NBC4 BBB Business Review
Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.