Former Assistant Principal Appears in Drug Court

By Daniela Salvador
By Megan Trent

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 6:20 PM EDT

Fort Wayne Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – A former assistant principal at Memorial Park Middle School in Fort Wayne made her first appearance in drug court Monday.

Shadwaynn Curry, 41, pleaded guilty last week to two felony drug charges, a felony charge of maintaining a common nuisance and a misdemeanor drug charge.

Curry was arrested in November after police found pot, cocaine, a gun and about $4,600 in cash in her Millennium Crossing home.

Last week Curry pleaded guilty to the charges and was accepted into Allen County's Drug Court Diversion Program. Under the program's requirements, Curry must appear in court every week, pay court fees, attend drug treatment classes, pass drug tests and hold down a job.

So far Curry has been fulfilling all of the requirements. If she continues to follow the rules and stay clean, Curry's charges will be dismissed after two years.

Allen County Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis says drug court, the HOPE probationary program and reentry court serve as a way to rehabilitate offenders.

"It saves the taxpayers money, because to house someone in the D.O.C. or the Allen County jail is extremely expensive," says Judge Davis. "The three judges in the criminal division are really committed to the county and to the state to do everything in our power, for those nonviolent offenders that are really struggling with drug abuse or addictions, to figure out new programs to bring them back into our community and not put them in the D.O.C."

For those who don't qualify for or don't succeed in drug court, the HOPE program offers intensive rehabilitation through proportionate and swift sanctions. Reentry court allows some inmates to be released from prison early if they are willing to follow strict program guidelines.

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