Officials say Rocket Docket saving money

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Officials say a new Rocket Docket initiative has saved taxpayers about $2.8 million in jail costs in three months and is projected to save $11 million in its first year.

Attorney General Jack Conway and members of the Prosecutors Advisory Council said in a statement that the savings is more than double what the program will cost this year. The initiative, which went into effect on Aug. 1, was part of comprehensive heroin legislation that the General Assembly passed in the spring.

Conway said the program allows the justice system to move faster and more efficiently by allowing low-level offenders with substance abuse issues to receive rehabilitation and treatment.

The statement says 361 defendants were placed in treatment programs through Oct. 31.