Coffee County Drug Program

The sheriff's department has initiated a unique anti-drug program over the last few months.

The inmates go through an intensive three-week counseling session to help them kick the habit. More than one-dozen inmates at the coffee county jail with substance abuse addiction.

Several are addicted to crack cocaine, while others have been arrested on charges stemming from crystal-meth. Enterprise resident Steven Turner has recently been sentenced to 15 years in state prison for meth possession and manufacture charges.

Turner says all his so-called meth buddies' disappeared after his arrest. He realized that family and faith are what's most important.

A Dothan resident tells a similar tale of how drugs led to problems throughout his life. He hopes the anti-drug course will help give him a new start once he's out of jail.

Longtime Enterprise defense lawyer, Paul Young, says something must be done to break the vicious cycle. It's a revolving door throughout the criminal justice system.

This is the second graduating class from the anti-drug program offered at the Coffee County Jail.

Organizers say if at least one life is "turned around,” then it was well worth the effort.


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