- Associated Press - Friday, December 9, 2016

MADISON, Miss. (AP) - A Madison judge has ordered that people between the ages of 18 to 21 arrested for DUI or drug charges be held for 48 hours in jail before being released.

The Clarion-Ledger reported Friday that (https://on.thec-l.com/2gt11js ) Municipal Judge Dale Danks announced the new step Thursday.

Danks said the two-day hold would give the police time to contact parents, not friends of the arrested person. The judge said the step is aimed at reducing addiction in young people.

“One thing I’ve become growingly concerned about is our young people and the addiction to drugs. Drugs have been a battle as long as I can remember and one I’ve heard from law enforcement from time to time that we’re doing the best we can but we’re losing this battle and we can’t win it,” he said.

The judge said after the 48 hours they would be brought before the court or released to their parents or legal guardian. If it’s deemed appropriate, the parents would have the responsibility of admitting the child into treatment. If they decided not to, the judge would do it himself.

The newspaper reports the decision came in response to the Nov. 10 suicide of University of Mississippi student Rivers McGraw. McGraw was arrested in Oxford and then three hours later was bonded out by his friends before shooting himself.

His mother was in the courtroom and said she had gone to the Madison mayor to push for such a change.

“I feel like Madison, Mississippi, is making a huge difference, and I hope other cities follow suit, especially the college towns because that’s the first time children are away from home and you don’t know when they get in trouble,” she told the newspaper.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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