Perry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Blair has announced that his office applied for and was awarded a grant for $25,000 from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office to start the “Rocket Docket Program” in Perry County.
Perry Judge-Executive Scott Alexander and the Perry Fiscal Court have also pledged $15,000 to help get the Rocket Docket Program “off the ground.”
Blair said that rocket dockets are a collaborative effort between the county and commonwealth’s attorneys to process the appropriate cases more swiftly through the judicial system, which creates cost savings and more quickly identifies defendants for the appropriate drug treatment.
Blair also said in the statement that rocket dockets are designed for only certain, non-violent cases so there will not be a negative effect on public safety. Rocket dockets have shown to provide significant benefits to the administration of the judicial system, the statement said. Rocket dockets have also lowered jail costs significantly in those jurisdictions which have implemented the program, according to the statement.