Judge candidate proposes plan for adult drug courtWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian English, a judge candidate for Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, outlined Oct. 7 his proposal for an adult drug court.
During a news conference in front of the Lucas County Courthouse, the Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor gave details on what he called “The English Plan,” which, he said, will save taxpayer dollars.
“We’ve seen here recently a growth in addiction in Lucas County, specifically the use of heroin,” English said. “It’s time for the court to join the fight … specifically to fix the issues of heroin addiction.”
The proposed drug court will provide pre-conviction alternatives for nonviolent offenders, including supervision, graduated sanctions, incentives and judicial interaction. Offenders will be given tools to maintain sobriety and reestablish themselves back into society, English said.
According to federal estimates, more than 10,000 people in Lucas County are addicted to opioids, including heroin. Because Lucas County spends more than 70 percent of its budget on criminal justice, English’s plan could save millions over time, according to a news release.
“Heroin addiction touches every single area of this community, every corner of this county,” English said. “When I am elected judge, I will work with my colleagues to establish a drug court so that every individual who qualifies will have access to intense treatment. This will save lives. This will save money.”
When implemented in other communities, adult drug courts have reduced repeat offenses and saved court systems an average of $5,000 per offender, according to the release.
English, who has been an assistant prosecutor for 13 years, said it’s time to “make a change.”
“I’ve worked as a prosecutor in the criminal justice system. I’ve seen an exposure of addiction. I’ve watched the tragedy of heroin addiction,” he said. “It’s time for the court to join the fight against heroin.”
English, a Democrat, is running for Lucas County Court of Common Pleas judge in the November general election against Republican Mark Davis.