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Drug program suspended after scandal

A drug rehab program riddled by scandal was shutdown. A drug rehab program riddled by scandal was shutdown.
Nicole Snelling Nicole Snelling
Attorney Mike Augustus Attorney Mike Augustus
Attorney Larry Wilder Attorney Larry Wilder
Bridget Snelling-Grow Bridget Snelling-Grow

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE)– A drug rehabprogram riddled by scandal was shutdown, but beyond claims that some peoplewere left in jail for months without any rights are those that say the programsaved their lives.

Nicole Snelling was addicted to heroin.

"I was really bad off my life was totally unmanageable," she said.

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She's now sober and has had a steady job thanks to a drug program at theClark County Courthouse.

"It's helped me a whole lot, it's actually saved my life," sheexplained.

But now the same drug court that helped her has been suspended by the stateafter claims of people wrongfully kept in jail.

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"They would end up spending four or five more months in jail withoutthe right to an attorney, without knowing why they're in there, without anyevidence being presented against them," Attorney Mike Augustus said.

A class action lawsuit filed Tuesday blamed Judge Jerry Jacobi for allowingcases to fall through the system.

"It's just unconstitutional and completely absurd in this day in agefor things like that to happen," Augustus said.

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But the Jacobi's Attorney Larry Wilder said it was Jacobi who initiated theinvestigation.

"When the investigation began, that was his goal, to find out what wasgoing on with his team and try to fix the team," Wilder said.

The program suspension is bad news to Snelling. She wishes others couldstill get the same help she did.

"It makes me sad because I feel like this program, they actually docare about us," she said.

Her mother, Bridget Snelling-Grow also doesn't want to see it go despite theclaims.

"They might have made some mistakes but they've helped a lot of peopleas well," she said.

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