Published December 29, 2005, Courtesy of the Pickens Progress www.pickensprogress.com
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The Appalachian Judicial Circuit started in 2002 the drug court, a forced intervention program designed to treat the addictions of first-time drug offenders without sending them to prison.
Such intervention consists of probation, monitoring, periodic drug screens, and counseling.
It is the latter of these measures where Marian Fladland’s expertise lies. The drug counselor describes the drug court as a “team” consisting of judges, probation offices, law enforcement officials, the district attorney and counseling resources.
Fladland has been a group counselor for Appalachian drug court since its inception. She started working with the local court circuit in 1999, when she was asked by Judge Brenda Weaver to help conduct a community based curriculum of education and prevention, which developed into the drug court.