Logan, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia has opened five drug courts this year and the State Supreme Court expects to open a sixth by the end of the year.
Court officials plan to gather in Logan on Thursday to mark the opening of that county's adult and juvenile drug courts.
Both courts opened earlier this year and are expected to serve nearly 120 adults and juveniles by year's end.
Drug courts offer community-based treatment programs for nonviolent offenders who suffer from abuse or addiction problems.
The program is an alternative to sentencing an offender to a state prison.
Currently 24 counties participate in adult drug-court programs, and court officials say Cabell County will have one later this year.
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