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On August 18, 2015
in Events, Solicitor
The 15th Circuit Drug Court Program is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in August. The original Horry County Drug Court, now known as Horry County Level II Drug Court, had its first meeting on August 22, 2005. At that time the capacity of the program was 10 participants, though only two were enrolled at the first meeting. Since then the 15th Circuit Drug Courts have expanded with the addition of a separate, less-intense program in Horry County- known as Horry County Level I – and a program in Georgetown County. The three combined programs have a combined capacity of 95 participants, but routinely run over 100.
Drug Court is a judicially-supervised treatment program that targets defendants in the criminal justice system who abuse or are dependent upon drugs and/or alcohol. The Drug Court model has seen great success nationally in providing substance-abuse treatment in lieu of incarceration. By avoiding expensive incarceration, Drug Courts save taxpayer dollars. Drug Court graduates also show a much lower rate of re-arrest that those released from incarceration.
Though substance abuse counseling is the heart of the Drug Court program (participants attend 2-3 treatment sessions weekly), the 15th Circuit Drug Courts also stress employment and stable housing. All participants are required to be employed and to pay weekly fees, which are a large part of the funding for the Drug Court. Participants also must pay restitution to the victims of their crimes.
Though the Drug Court program is very challenging compared to other community-supervision programs such as probation or parole, many participants have met the challenge and completed the program. Since 2005, 236 participants have graduated in Horry County and 34 in Georgetown County. That is a total of 270 people diverted from imprisonment. That represents a savings of about $6 million to the South Carolina Department of Corrections alone.
It is not just the number of graduates that determines the success of a Drug Court program, but the rate or re-arrest - or recidivism - of the graduates. The 15th Circuit Drug Courts have also accomplished a significant reduction in the recidivism rate: before Drug Court, graduates averaged 10 prior arrests, but among the 49 participants who graduated in 2013, there have been no felony convictions and only 5 misdemeanor convictions since they completed the program.
The 15th Circuit Drug Court will hold a graduation and 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Horry County Drug Court on Thursday, August 20, 2015, in Courtroom 3B of the Horry County Judicial Center. The special Court session begins at 3 pm and will feature Senator Greg Hembree as a guest speaker. The public is invited to join the celebration and learn of the accomplishments of the Drug Court.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact 15th Circuit Drug Court Director Candy DeBusk at (843) 915-5695.
On August 14, 2015
in Weekly Update
Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, releases and road construction for the week of August 17-21, 2015.
On August 14, 2015
in County News, Events
Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Council, in conjunction with Keep Horry County Beautiful and numerous partners, will host a countywide, volunteer litter cleanup event Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The event will feature 11-locations around the county where volunteers can choose to participate. Sign-in at each location will begin at 8:30 a.m. with roadside pickup to begin at 9 am to noon.
Volunteers are invited to a post celebration party at the Historic Horry County Courthouse in Conway from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. The litter collected at the various locations around the county will be transported to and displayed at the center. There will be food, prizes, entertainment, and much more!
Pre-registration is highly encouraged and available on the Horry County website. Volunteers may follow the link to pre-register online or may download the preregistration form and mail it to Nancy Tindall, Horry County Planning & Zoning, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526. The public is invited to participate as well as church groups, civic organizations, community associations, local businesses, etc. Come out and show your support for a cleaner Horry County!
Volunteers should also download a waiver form to bring to the registration table on the day of the event. One form will be required per individual. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLEANUP EVENT WITHOUT A SIGNED WAIVER FORM! Please note that participants who are at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age, must have a parent or other legal custodian sign the waiver form. NO PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT PRESENCE OF A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.
Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes to participate and are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, leather shoes or boots, and eye protection. Trash bags, gloves, a wristband, and a brightly colored t-shirt will be provided the day of the event.
For more information on the 2nd Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day, contact Nancy Tindall with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340 or email her.
On August 11, 2015
in County News
Conway, South Carolina – Contractors for the SC-31 Extension Project will close a portion of Enterprise Road on Monday, September 14, 2015, for approximately nine months to construct the new Enterprise Road Bridge over SC-31. The closure will take place from Hunter’s Horn Lane to Butler Road. Enterprise Road is expected to reopen to all traffic in June 2016. Electronic message boards are placed around the detour to notify motorists of the closure. Detour maps are attached.
The SC-31 Extension Project extends the current terminus at SC-544 to SC-707, a distance of approximately 3.8 miles. The project began construction in March 2014 and will be a multi-lane freeway facility with a grassed median that will include a bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, a partial interchange at SC-544 and a full interchange at SC-707. The approximate $190M total project is currently 40% complete and is expected to be completed in summer 2017.
On August 7, 2015
in Weekly Update
Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, releases and road construction for the week of August 10 - 14, 2015.
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