Harford receives federal grant for juvenile drug court

March 12, 2002|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

Harford County's fledgling juvenile drug court has gotten a $500,000 boost from the federal government, county officials said yesterday.

At a ceremony to dedicate the program's counseling and treatment offices in a renovated movie theater on Main Street, officials said the three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will help bolster counseling, case management, education and job training. Eight state and county agencies work together through the court to give juveniles arrested for drug possession or drug-related crimes a year of intensive outpatient treatment.

"I think we are in the process of saving kids in Harford County, and that's what it's all about," said Circuit Judge William Carr.

Carr has been a leader in establishing the county's juvenile drug program, which has been hearing cases in Circuit Court since October 2000, said David B. Mitchell, the court's coordinator. Forty juveniles have taken part in the one-year program, and seven have graduated, he said.

The court also receives $45,000 from the state and $12,000 from the county.

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