Leslie, a Hurricane attorney, said to protect the public, the likelihood of a drug user re-offending needs to be evaluated.
"It's great to sit back and say they need treatment but you have to look at that person's threat level to society," Leslie said.
For example, methamphetamine users are dangerous and don't show much hope for rehabilitation, he said.
Eagloski, a former Putnam circuit judge who was defeated by Judge Phillip Stowers in the 2008 election, said drug addictions needed to be treated as diseases.
"It's not being soft, it's recognizing what needs to be done," he said.
Also during the discussion, Leslie said he'd be interested in bringing a Kanawha County mediation program to Putnam that allows even the smallest civil disputes to get help from volunteer mediators.
"Litigants now have to pay for a mediator," he said.
Reeder agreed that the mediation program would also be "very worthwhile, especially in smaller cases."
All of the candidates said they'd support maintaining the county's truancy program, and everyone thought the county needs an additional family court judge to handle a large caseload.Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.