Drug Court

Rural Drug Courts Struggle, Succeed During COVID-19

Mar 30, 2021
Pamela D'Angelo

Rural communities have struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their health care districts are underfunded and understaffed. Limited broadband and cell phone communication caused missed vaccine notifications.

And, it’s been especially hard on those enrolled in substance abuse treatment.

Despite a falling crime rate, Virginia continues to spend more than a billion dollars a year on corrections.  A commission appointed by Governor McAulifee considered restoring parole as a means of reducing the prison population but recommended, instead, that judges consider punishments other than prison. 

Charlottesville and Albemarle County have been doing just that, diverting people convicted of possessing or using drugs.

Herb Dickerson spent most of his adult life addicted to drugs.