For the four years that Manuel Welch, charged with assorted felonies and misdemeanors, lingered on the docket of a Buffalo, N.Y. drug court, he largely failed to follow the rules.
"I felt like all the drug court judge really wanted to do was send you to jail for the slightest infraction," U.S. Navy veteran Welch said.
The drug court, like many similar ones around the country, was aimed at keeping substance abusers and addicts out of prison, but . . .
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