Lawmakers explore drug courts, savings to taxpayers
Missouri is exploring expanding problem-solving courts to save money.
Five years ago Andrea Barin was arrested for possession of heroin and ecstasy. She was given a choice: jail or drug court.
She chose drug court, a two year program that required her to get a job and stay clean. Today she describes a much different life.
"Working full time, school part time, I teach Sunday school on Sundays. My big girl goes to ballet on Saturdays," Barin said.
The 28-year old made time this winter to speak to members of the Missouri House. Barin says she wants lawmakers to understand drug courts help create productive citizens, while jail does not.