Drug Court

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.