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My son Joshuwa was ordered to go to rehab by Erie County Drug court . Two times prior he failed to go to treatment that was ordered . The warrants were not placed for weeks . Leaving me wait on edge for him to be picked up . I had hope that after failing to go two times the Judge would be less likely to sentence him to rehab again . On April 12th, 2017 my son was released to go to rehab once again . I begged them not to make this mistake again I knew he would not go I stressed it to them and my pleas went unheard . On April 15th , 2017 my worst fear was realized my son lost his battle with addiction . There should be no wait periods for warrants if drug court sentences someone to rehab , They may leave but they should be returned to county jail immediately . My son would not be dead if he was taken back to jail for failing to comply with a court order , There was still no warrant issued at the time of my sons death . My story in not unique this happens to families all to frequently they beg for help to only get ignored . This law will not save me from the pain I must now face but it may save another family .
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