A $20,000 donation from Walmart will help save the juvenile drug court and puts local officials about $10,000 away from the amount they need to fund the program for one year.
Representatives of Walmart and the Kentucky Retail Federation, which lobbied for the donation, met Tuesday in Christian District Court with local supporters of the program to hear the announcement.
District Judge Jim Adams told the group that Christian County now has the only juvenile drug court left in Kentucky. State funding for the program ended last month.
"We are almost there," Adams said.
A Peter Maher concert organized last year by the Hopkinsville-Christian County League of Women Voters generated about $11,000 in profit, and city and county governments added about $28,000 in funding for the drug court, said Adams. Private donations and the Walmart gift bring the total to about $70,000, Adams said.
Gay Dwyer, senior vice president for the Kentucky Retail Federation, helped state Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, and others secure the Walmart donation. She attended the news conference Tuesday to announce the donation along with several local officials.
The local juvenile drug court has an 80 percent graduation rate over the past 10 years, said Adams. About 100 juveniles have enrolled in the program. Participants spend nine to 12 months in the program. It is a diversion from traditional court for drug offenders. The purpose is to prevent repeat offenses by providing treatment for drug abuse.
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