May 18, 2013 7:48:53 PM
TUNICA -- Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will speak Wednesday at the opening of a three-day conference in of the Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals.
The conference will run through Friday at Harrah's Conference Center in Tunica.
Tracy Swafford of Cleveland, president of MADCP and drug court coordinator for the 11th Circuit Drug Court and Circuit Judge Al Smith III of Cleveland also will speak Wednesday.
Mississippi has 44 drug courts. All 22 circuit court districts have drug courts. The state also has 15 juvenile programs, five misdemeanor level programs and two family treatment courts.
Drug courts seek to rehabilitate drug-using offenders through treatment and intense supervision with frequent court appearances and random drug testing. The program offers an incentive of a chance to remain out of jail and be employed if they stay drug-free.