Drug Treatment Programs Give Hope to Those Struggling with Addiction
Many jail populations increase due to drug offenses, a common felony that is seen to also cause recidivism. According to an article published by WMUR 9, The Valley Street Jail in Manchester, New Hampshire has seen a decrease in drug offenses due to a new treatment program being implemented in the facility. They are trying to help people struggling with addiction problems in the hopes of keeping them out of jail and sober. Many people who have substance abuse disorders go to jail or prison, often more than once. Because of this, the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections is teaching people how to stay sober in the hopes of giving them a second chance and not returning to jail.
This program started two years ago. Over a period of 60 days, inmates go through a treatment program that is five days a week and runs all day. They have the opportunity to be in a learning environment where they are taught about recovery and given messages of hope. The program strives to reintegrate the inmates back into society and reestablish a stable and safe environment for them, by helping them find employment and insurance. Once inmates complete the program, they are placed on an electronic monitoring device to ensure that they stay sober and on track once they are back in society. The program has seen promising results as only 32% are repeat offenders and are involved in recidivism. However, every year they have reported recidivism rates decreasing. The program hopes to reduce and break the cycle of addiction to help inmates start over.
TRACKtech, LLC was created to reduce recidivism rates by reintegrating inmates back into society through a network of support from their supervisors and outside resources. The TRACKphone provides access to outside resources and allows for supervisors to check in remotely with their program members through biometric identification and video conferencing, as well as be in constant communication. The supervisor and program member can establish a relationship in which the program member feels supported and has the tools to become a functioning member of society again, all while staying sober.