Allen County Council votes to fund problem-solving court services

ALLEN COUNTY, Indiana (WANE) – The good news in Allen County is that drunk driving cases have decreased.

The bad news is that the county’s Alcohol Countermeasures Program (ACP) fees have also fallen.

Supreme Court Justice Fran Gull said transportation services like Uber and Lyft have helped drunk drivers avoid the temptation to get behind the wheel and raised awareness nationwide through campaigns against drunk driving.

These AKP funds are used, among other things, to fund the county’s problem-solving courts such as the Drug Court and the Restoration Court.

Last year, payouts were about $950,000, but revenue was down more than $100,000. That has been the case for at least a decade, Gull and Court Reporter John McGauley told Allen County Council Thursday morning.

The council voted to allocate nearly $600,000 from the county’s general fund to pay four AKP case managers, three drug court case managers and part-time security for crime department services.

Gull said the program pays for those who don’t have resources.

“We can’t fund the program on the backs of poor people,” said Gull, adding that her department aggressively seeks grants and was awarded $100,000 for pre-trial services. Allen County Council votes to fund problem-solving court services

Dais Johnston

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