Taxpayer's money well spent? I wonder if the judge has a deal with the local prisons for kickbacks?
An excerpt from Alternet: Hamilton County Drug Court Judge Tom Greenholtz has taken it upon himself to punish people under his supervision for using a legal substance because he thinks doing so will give them a "better chance at life."
Earlier this month, he jailed a handful of drug court participants who came up positive for nicotine in court-mandated drug tests.
"We routinely test for nicotine as we do for other controlled substances," Greenholtz told Chattanooga TV station Newschannel 9, blithely ignoring the fact that nicotine is not a controlled substance under state or federal law and that cigarette smoking is not a crime.
As for throwing hapless drug court victims in jail for violating his arbitrary edict: "It shows how serious we are about combatting this," he said.