Clark Co. Drug Court acknowledges mistakes in detainment lengths


by Renee Murphy, WHAS11 iTeam

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 7:48 PM

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. -- Prosecutors in Clark County, Ind. said Monday they have found another case in drug court where inmates were detained in jail longer than their sentence.

This discovery comes after prosecutors reviewed every case in drug court and after WHAS11 discovered about drug court staff members being suspended for a questionable arrest.

“It's very sad that those people were incarcerated for months longer than they were supposed to be and that should have never happened,” said Clark County Commissioner John Perkins.

Perkins is just learning about the latest developments out of drug court.  Two drug court inmates were detained months longer than their sentence.

“I was very disappointed in that fact. I don’t know where the breakdown was,” said Perkins.

Neither does Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.  Mull told WHAS11 News Monday they've discovered two cases and are investigating a possible third incident.

“At this time, it's possible that there is a third case I'm looking into that right now.  If there are any other cases discovered, we'll instruct the deputy to immediately have that brought before the court for appropriate action,” said Mull.

Mull helped to bring the drug court program to Clark County.  The program serves as rehabilitation for those abusing drugs.

“The program has to be run with some strict standards and some strict accountability and strict controls.  When mistakes are made it gives the program a black eye, but I think the program itself is proven across the country to be successful in helping people to get off drug addiction,” said Mull.

The program has been embattled in recent weeks.  Before news of the inmates, two employees were suspended after a questionable arrest of a drug court defendant. 

A newly released investigative report said they arrested a man when they didn't have arresting powers and another instance where questions arose about how they handled a search at a home where a drug court defendant was living.